For Students with Disabilities
“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 the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . .”Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Gavin School District #37 provides district-wide support to building staff and our community regarding the education of students with disabilities, who may qualify under either Section 504 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Under either provision, Gavin supports the intent of the federal and state mandate to meet student needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) possible.
In meeting the requirements of LRE, our school community continues to embrace inclusive instructional practices, which are designed to provide accommodations and/or special education services within the context of the general education setting to the greatest extent possible.
While a continuum of services and programming is available within the district, membership in a student’s home school and classroom is highly valued.
The school district must provide a free appropriate public education to district students who are eligible under Section 504. Instruction must be individually designed to meet the needs of those students as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities. An appropriate education under Section 504 requires that the services be effective and fair.
Although Section 504 does not require schools to develop an Individualized Education Program with annual goals, the school does provide written documentation for each student identified and provide accommodations and/or services under Section 504. If school staff suspects a need for accommodations, a referral should be made, evaluations conducted, and possible identification determined by a team knowledgeable about the student. If the student is identified, the team might develop a Section 504 Plan.
Section 504 is not a special education plan. The school staff and parents should collaborate to help ensure that students are provided accommodations through general education. The exception to this standard is a student who has been determined eligible as having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Such a student could receive special education services and accommodations under an IEP.
If your child has a disability, which “substantially limits one or more major life activities”, please contact the Section 504 Coordinator for additional information regarding your child. The Section 504 District Coordinator is Jodeen Lord, Special Services Coordinator.
- Procedural Safeguards/Rights under Section 504 (English)
- Procedural Safeguards/Rights under Section 504 Spanish
|Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)||Emotional Disability|
|Hearing Impairment||Multiple Disabilities|
|Orthopedic Impairment||Other Health Impaired|
|Specific Learning Disability||Speech and Language Impairment|
|Traumatic Brain Injury||Visual Impairment|
Child Find/Eligibility: Students are identified for special education through a child find process as required by federal and state guidelines. For students who are 3-5 years old, developmental screening and services are available through the Preschool Program.
- Problem Solving brochure (RtI) English
Programming continuum: While the vast majority of our students receive services in their home school, if a student’s needs cannot be met with support at his/her neighborhood school the educational team will determine an appropriate, least restrictive service delivery option that best addresses his/her current needs. If a student has sufficient need for a self-contained and intensive setting, specialized classrooms are available through the co-operation Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL)