The Board of Trustees recognizes the need to identify and evaluate children with disabilities in order to provide them with a free, appropriate public education. Under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning, are eligible to receive services and aids designed to meet their needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students are met.
 
To evaluate the student's eligibility under Section 504, a school site committee will convene which consists of professionals knowledgeable about the student's individual needs and school history, the meaning of evaluation data, and accommodation options. The student's parent/guardian shall be invited to participate on this committee.

If the student is found to have a disability that requires services under Section 504, the school site committee shall develop a written accommodation plan for the student. Upon reviewing the nature of the disability and how it affects the student's education, the committee shall determine what modifications and/or special services and aids are needed. The student shall be educated with nondisabled students to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's individual needs.

The school site committee shall provide the parent/guardian with a written copy of the accommodation plan and notice of procedural safeguards guaranteed by law.

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For more information regarding Section 504, please contact the appropriate 504 coordinator at the respective school site:
 
Carlmont: Gregg Patner
East Palo Alto Academy: Sofia Hibbs
Menlo-Atherton: Miki Cristerna
Redwood: Fred Kessler
Sequoia: Kristin Stout
Woodside: Sara Grace Vann
 
The District 504 Coordinator is Jarrett Dooley, Director of Student Services.

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U.S. Dept. of Education Information on 504s:
The Board of Trustees of Sequoia Union High School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one or more of such characteristics. The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities.

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