An Overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is a civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination/harassment on the basis of a disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. In particular, Section 504 provides that, "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..."
Enterprise City Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
-Dr. Zel Thomas, Title IX Coordinator, 220 Hutchinson Street, Enterprise, Alabama 36330 phone (334) 347-9531
-Ms. Karen Mills, Section 504 Coordinator, 220 Hutchinson Street, Enterprise, Alabama 36330 phone (334) 347-9531
SECTION 504 REFERRALS
An individual (parent/guardian/school staff member) may make a Section 504 referral for a student by completing the appropriate Form A available in the guidance department at each school.
In the case of a Section 504 eligible student transferring into Enterprise City Schools, the student's 504 plan from the previous school will be honored by the Enterprise City Schools, unless deemed inappropriate by the local school 504 team. Within the school year, the system would re-evaluate for the student's eligibility under 504 guidelines and determine if the plan needs to be updated to meet the student's needs.
Enterprise City Schools provides homebound instruction as a service to students who qualify and are not able to attend school for medical health reasons. Eligibility for homebound services due to a medical disability requires that written documentation from a medical physician be submitted as part of the comprehensive eligibility process. The purpose of homebound instruction is to help students keep up with their work even though they are unable to attend school for medical reasons or, in exceptional cases, have been excluded from school for disciplinary reasons; however, it is always the policy of the school to provide an education in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Contact for 504 questions:
Ms. Karen Mills, 504 Coordinator