What is a 504?

  • As a parent of a North Thurston Public Schools student, did you know that...

    All student are protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is a civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities.

    This is a different program from Special Education. Student qualifying for Special Education services are automatically covered under Section 504.

    Section 504 protects any student who has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities including walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, and learning.

    Mental impairments include for example ADHD or depression. Physical impairments include asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, and other chronic illnesses that may impact the student's ability to carry out major life functions.

    Parents and students are always part of the planning process once a student has been evaluated as being eligible for a Section 504 plan.

    Your school's counselor is the case manager for all students on Section 504 plans. If you have a concern about your student's possible eligiblity for Section 504, or about accommodations presently being provided under a Section 504 plan, please contact them or your building principal directly.

    Read more information 504 plans on the District Website

    Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction 504 Information