As a parent/guardian of a North Thurston Public Schools student, did you know:
- All students 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. Students qualifying for Special Education services do not need to be assessed for coverage 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, learning, breathing, seeing, hearing, learning, concentrating, etc.
- Mental impairments include ADHD, anxiety, depression, or physical impairments, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, anaphylaxis, diabetes mellitus, as well as other chronic physical or mental illnesses that may impact a student’s ability to carry out major life functions.
- Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to be a part of the planning process once a student has been evaluated and is eligible for a Section 504 plan.
- If you have a concern about your student’s possible eligibility for Section 504 or about accommodations presently being provided under a Section 504 plan, please contact the school regarding a Section 504 evaluation or reevaluation.
- The Student Achievement Department has oversight of Section 504 throughout the district. For questions or more information on Section 504, please contact Tammy Alonzo, Director of Student Information and Interventions Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.