Section 504 Program
WHAT IS SECTION 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Unlike the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that governs special education, Section 504 is not an education, service, or funding statute. The purpose of Section 504 is to ensure that individuals with disabilities are given the same opportunity to participate in programs and activities as are their non-disabled peers. It is the responsibility of Lufkin Independent School District to identify and serve students who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are considered disabled and who, because of disability, need special services within the general education program.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE UNDER SECTION 504?
Students must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major activities or bodily functions; have a record of such impairment; or be regarded of having such an impairment.
WHAT ARE THE REFERRAL PROCEDURES?
Any student may be referred for a 504 evaluation by a parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, or other District employee who is knowledgeable about the student and has reason to believe that the student has a disability that is substantially limiting one of life’s major activities. All referrals must be submitted in writing to the Campus 504 Coordinator who will prepare and send all required notices.
HOW IS PLACEMENT DEFINED?
In the context of Section 504, “placement” refers to the general education classroom or program with individually planned accommodations or interventions. A student who qualifies to receive Section 504 services is entitled to the same access to programs and activities as any other student. The District is not required to alter requirements or standards for participation. There is no modification of the essential knowledge and skills for 504 students. Eligibility under Section 504 is not intended to reduce expectations for students with disabilities. The intent of Section 504 is to provide eligible students with reasonable accommodations that will give them an equal chance to achieve educational success.
WHAT ARE MY LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT?
Upon referral to Section 504, parents will receive a Notice of Rights for Disabled Students and their Parents, which outlines the procedural safeguards in place for Section 504 students.
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
For more information on Section 504 in Lufkin ISD, contact the LISD Special Programs Executive Director, Kim Kassaw, at (936) 630-4361 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, you can click here to access the printable brochure regarding Section 504 policies.
Child Find information
|School||504 Coordinator||Phone number|
|Anderson Elementary||Drew Huffty||(936) 632-8362|
|Brandon Elementary||Susan Liles||(936) 630-7602|
|Brookhollow Elementary||Tarsha Henderson||(936) 633-7191|
|Burley Elementary||Michelle Jay||(936) 633-6215|
|Coston Elementary||Carmen Fullerton||(936) 639-3118|
|Dunbar Primary||Amber Ford||(936) 630-4506|
|Garrett Primary||Kelly Proutt||(936) 634-8418|
|Hackney Primary||Amelia Cole||(936) 633-7328|
|Herty Primary||Heather Gilbert||(936) 633-6529|
|Kurth Primary||Courtney Dempsey||(936) 633-7165|
|Lufkin High School||Dr. Jennifer McCarroll||(936) 630-4116|
|Lufkin Middle School||Angela Gandy||(936) 633-7142|
|Slack Elementary||Jennifer Oliphant||(936) 633-6477|
|Trout Primary||TeShella Taylor||(936) 633-7368|
The Lufkin Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.