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504 Procedures

504 Process Standard Operation Processes

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights act prohibiting discrimination based on disability.  It was enacted to eliminate barriers that exclude persons with disabilities.  In the Tenafly Public Schools, all staff and administrators have the responsibility of ensuring that all students with disabilities are identified, evaluated and provided with needed accommodations and services, resulting in a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

Section 504 is not a special education statute, although it addresses the provision of education to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Public school districts are required to provide a free appropriate public education to all qualified students with disabilities.  This must include an education designed to provide educational benefit despite the child’s disability.