Our Mission:"The mission of the Section 504 office is to ensure that all identified students are free from discrimination and are provided with the accommodations, related services and development of strategies necessary to support their success. The Section 504 office will provide ongoing monitoring of, and support and training to school-based teams to ensure compliance with the federal mandate."
What is Section 504?
Section 504 is a broad civil rights law protecting the rights of individuals in programs and activities that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The law protects all school-age children who qualify as "handicapped" according to the definitions described in the regulations. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states:
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States … shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance …” 29 U.S.C. § 794 (“Section 504”)
It is the policy of the School Board, as provided in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Section 504"), that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity offered by the Board. The Board shall provide a free and appropriate public education to each student who is disabled within the definition of Section 504 regardless of the nature or severity of the disability and to provide all reasonable accommodations and other applicable rights to both students and employees as needed under Section 504.” - Bylaws and Policies; The School Board of Pinellas County Policy Manual 2260.03
504 Resources:For more information, contact:
Sarah Douglas, 504 CoordinatorAdministration Building
301 Fourth Street SW
Largo, Florida 33770
Phone: (727) 588-6296
Fax: (727) 588-6237