Section 504 - Protecting Students with Disabilities

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), as amended, is designed to eliminate discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This act requires that no qualified student who demonstrates a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one (or more) major life activity shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subject to discrimination in any program or activity offered by Winchester Public Schools (WPS). Eligibility under Section 504 is determined by a school-based team, chaired by the assistant principal or designee. Any student eligible under Section 504 will have a uniquely developed plan that includes the necessary support for the student to have an equal opportunity to access school programs and activities.

Section 504 Contact

  • Erin Kirkland

    Dr. Erin Kirkland
    Special Education Coordinator

    Winchester Public Schools
    12 N. Washington Street
    Winchester, VA 26601

Non-Discrimination Notice

  • Winchester Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, national origin, disability, political affiliation, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law or based on a belief that such characteristic exists, in the education program and activities, or employment.In addition, arrangements will be made to assure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in our educational programs, including our vocational education programs.

Procedural Safeguards & Support

  • Parents and qualified students are entitled to certain procedural safeguards. Inquiries regarding eligibility, planning, and individual rights under Section 504 may be directed to Dr. Erin Kirkland at or (540) 667-4253.