Section 504

Definition of Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that schools which receive federal funds make their programs and activities accessible to all individuals with disabilities.

No qualified handicapped person shall, on the basis of Handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives or benefits from Federal financial assistance [34 CFR 104.4 (a)]

Section 504 of the Act protects persons from discrimination based upon their handicapping condition.  A person is handicapped under the definition of Section 504 if he or she:

  1. has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities;
  2. has a record of such an impairment; or
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment.  [34 CFR 104.3 (j)]


"Major life activities" means functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, sitting, stooping, seeing, eating, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.  [34 CFR 104.3 (j) (2) (ii)]

When a condition significantly limits a major life activity, an accommodation plan must be developed for that individual.  Services under Section 504 must be determined by a team.


Section 504 BHM Board Policy Statement
(BHM Policy #521)

Our Board of Education has adopted the following policy to be in compliance with Section 504 requirements.

It is the policy of the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School Board of Education to provide a free and appropriate public education to each student with a disability within its jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.

It is the intent of the district to ensure that learners who have disabilities within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate education services.  Students may be disabled under this policy even though they do not require services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Due Process rights of students with disabilities and their parents under Section 504 will be enforced.

The School Board will designate a person employed by the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with Section 504 regulations.


If you have questions about Section 504, please contact your student's teacher or building principal.