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Section 504

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.

NTPS 504 Information


Tammy Alonzo
Director of Student Information and Interventions Services​​​​​​​