Section 504 - Protecting Students with Disabilities

  • Section 504 icon Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. This law applies to public elementary and secondary schools, among other entities.  It prohibits discrimination against individuals who meet the definition of disability in the act, and it is applied to entities that receive federal funding.

    The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

    The Section 504 regulation defines an "individual with handicaps" as any person who

    • has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities
    • has a record of such an impairment
    • is regarded as having such an impairment

    In each of the Winchester Public Schools, school counselors serve as the chairperson of the Section 504 Eligibility Committee and as case manager for students eligible for a 504 plan. For additional information, visit the Office of Civil Rights website below.

    Office for Civil Rights
    Protecting Students With Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

    For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for a list of OCR enforcement offices and the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Non-Discrimination Notice

  • Winchester Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of based on 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. Equal access is provided to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. 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.

Section 504 Coordinators

  • The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Dr. Erin Kirkland
    Special Education Coordinator

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