504 plans are developed by school teams and parents to support the educational needs of a K–12 student with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities (caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working). The student must have a record of an impairment and be regarded as having such impairment.
In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Surry County School System recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and its students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any program or practices in the school system.
Any student believed to be in need of special services not available through existing programs may be referred by a parent, teacher or licensed school employee to the Student Services Team (SST). The SST considers the referral and all available information to determine whether to request evaluation. The SST gathers information about the disability and the impact of the disability upon the student’s education. Evaluation information must include academic assessments and regular classroom performance. Evaluation information can include social/emotional/behavioral assessment; medical, physical, sensory assessment; other assessments and observations requested by the SST. Parents are invited to participate in the decision meetings and to review the 504 procedure.
If a student is eligible for Section 504 services, the Licensed Instructional School Personnel writes an Accommodation Plan. All staff that work with the student review the contents of the plan each semester. The SST reviews the Accommodation Plan annually.