• Welcome to Section 504

    Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability.  Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that is designed to eliminate disability discrimination in programs and activities that receive federal funds. Section 504 plans are available to school-age children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
     
    For more information, please contact the school counselor in your student's building to inquire about your student and the 504 Program.
     

    Grades K-4:

    Katharine Pfeiffer
    Counselor
    360-221-4600
     

    Grades 5-8:

    Janet Hunter
    Counselor
    360-221-5100
     

    Grades 9-12:

    Carla McDowell
    Counselor
    Leigha Patton
    Counselor
    360-221-4300
     

    Grades 7-12 South Whidbey Academy:

    Charlie Davies
    Coordinator
    360-221-5300
     

    South Whidbey School District 504 Coordinator:

    Dr. Jeff Fankhauser

    Director of Special Education, Federal Programs & Assessment

    360-221-6808, ext. 4608

    jfankhauser@sw.wednet.edu
     

    The following link will provide you with our 504 Family Information:

     
     

    OSPI - Section 504 and Students with Disabilities Website:

     

    Frequently Asked Questions about 504 Plans:

     

    Section 504 Process Flow Chart:

    • Refer the Student
      • Complete Student Support Team Referral form (Parent or Counselor).
    • Decide Whether to Evaluate the Student (504 Team)
      • Does the 504 Team know or suspect that, because of a disability, the student needs special education or related aids or services to participate in or benefit from school?
      • Provide parent or guardian Notice of Action/Consent and Notice of Rights form.
      • Obtain consent for initial evaluation.
    • Evaluate the Student (504 Team)
      • Evaluate the specific areas of the student’s educational needs.
    • Determine the Student’s Eligibility (504 Team)
      • Review evaluation results and determine eligibility.
      • Complete the Eligibility Determination form.
      • Provide parent or guardian Notice of Action/Consent and Notice of Rights form.
    • Develop a Section 504 plan for the Student (504 Team)
      • Develop a Section 504 Plan
      • Assign a case manager to monitor implementation and student progress.
      • Provide parent or guardian Notice of Action/Consent and Notice of Rights form and copy of Section 504 Plan
      • Obtain consent for initial placement.
    • Annually Review the Student’s Section 504 Plan (504 Team)
      • Review and revise the student’s Section 504 Plan.
      • Provide parent or guardian Notice of Action/Consent and Notice of Rights form.
    • Periodically Re-Evaluate the Student (504 Team)
      • At least every three years.
      • Before any significant change in placement.
      • Provide parent or guardian Notice of Action/Consent and Notice