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Special Education

We believe that parents are important contributors in the special education process and members of the IEP team. We are committed to working with you to develop plans and programs that are focused on your child's success!

It is important that you have the information that you need to be a member of your child's team. Please contact us for information that will help families learn more about their child's disability, the special education progress, and their rights and responsibilities as a member of the special education team.

We encourage you to learn as much as you can. You can always talk with your child's teacher, counselor, the school psychologist, or principal. If you need more assistance, please contact the Special Education Director.

Section 504

What is Section 504?
Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to an education. A child may receive accommodations and modifications.

How does Section 504 define "disability?"
A person is disabled within the definition of Section 504 if the following conditions are met:

The child must have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities.
"Major life activities" include functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. When a condition does not substantially limit a major life activity, the individual does not qualify under Section 504.

The child's disability must impact their education in order to qualify for educational accommodations.

This determination is made by a school team of individuals who are familiar with the child and the child's parent.

If the school has reason to believe that, because of a disability as defined under Section 504, a student needs accommodations or services in order to participate in the school program, the school must evaluate the student. If it is determined that a student is disabled under Section 504, the school must develop and implement the delivery of all needed services and/or accommodations.

What Does Making Accommodations Mean?
Accommodations are adjustments made by the classroom teacher(s) and other school staff to help students benefit from their educational program. In some cases a plan should be developed outlining services and accommodations.

Examples of Common Accommodations:

Modify assignments and tests.

Provide an extra set of textbooks for home.

Adjust student seating.

Use study guides/organizing tools.

Provide a peer tutor/helper.

Provide school counseling.

Have the student use an organizer – train in organizational skills.

Provide preferential seating.

Modify recess/PE/transportation.

Use necessary health care procedures.

How do I file a complaint?
Under Governing Board Policy IHBA, you have the option of formally or informally resolving any concerns you may have about your child's disability accommodations, Section 504 evaluation or Section 504 accommodations. Regulation IHBA-R - Complaints under Section 504 and ADA provides a description of the complaint process and contact information for where to file a complaint.

Contact Information

Vivien Sessums
Special Education Director
Office: 520-466-2353
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