Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II, prohibit discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance.


Who is considered to have a disability?

Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who:

Has a mental or physical impairment with substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working); has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.

How does SVUSD comply with Section 504 and the ADA?

To fulfill its obligation under Section 504/Title II, Sierra Vista Unified School District No. 68 recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in programs and practices within the school system. 

The school district has specific responsibilities under Section504/Title II of the ADA, including the duty to evaluate and identify qualifying children. Children determined to be Section 504 eligible will be provided access to appropriate educational services.

The Sierra Vista Unified School District Governing Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and disability. The policy will prevail in all matters concerning staff members, students, the public, educational programs and services, and individuals with whom the Board does business. Discrimination includes harassment. Staff members or students who are found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline.

What are my rights as a parent/guardian?

If the parent or guardian disagrees with the determination made by the professional staff of the school district, he or she has a right to a hearing. This includes appropriate notice of the hearing, the right to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing officer, and a review procedure.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SVUSD Exceptional Student Services Office at (520) 515-2798.