Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination/harassment on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. San Marino Unified School District has two important responsibilities to students with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. First, all such students are entitled to an equal opportunity to participate in the services, programs, and activities offered in public schools, without discrimination. Second, all such students are provided with a free appropriate education, which may include special education, related services, appropriate accommodations and other supports to allow them to access a school’s educational services through the creation and implementation of a Section 504 service plan.
To meet the criteria for Section 504 protections, a child must:
• Have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
• Have a record of such impairment; or
• Be regarded as having such an impairment
The San Marino Unified School District is committed to ensuring that all students eligible under Section 504 are protected from discrimination and receive necessary educational services, accommodations and supports at school. Please contact your child’s principal if you require more information.