Section 504 provides a broad spectrum of protections against discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, all qualified elementary and secondary public school students who meet the definition of an individual with a disability under Section 504 are entitled to receive regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet their individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities are met.3 Section 504 also requires, among other things, that a student with a disability receive an equal opportunity to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities, and to be free from bullying and harassment based on disability.
Community Consolidated School District 93 has a Special Services Team (SST) at each school. The Special Services Team is a group of professionals from each building who meet on a routine basis to discuss academic and social emotional concerns raised about an individual child. The SST works to determine appropriate interventions, modifications, and/or adaptations to be implemented in the classroom by the appropriate personnel. Parents seeking a 504 should reach out to their SST Chair (Assistant Principal) who will assist in beginning the process.