Section 504 - Compliance Information

Section 504 Compliance Information

What is Section 504?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Unlike the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that governs special education, Section 504 is not an education, service, or funding statute. The purpose of Section 504 is to ensure that individuals with disabilities are given the same opportunity to participate in programs and activities as are their nondisabled peers.

It is the responsibility of Olivet Community School District to identify and serve students who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are considered disabled and who, because of disability, need special services/accommodations within the general education program.

Who to Talk to?

Each building has a 504 Lead Contact who can help provide more information and assist with the referral and evaluation process. Olivet Community Schools also has a District 504 Coordinator who can assist, and support parent and student needs..

Who is Eligible Under Section 504?

Students may qualify for protection under Section 504 if they have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more of life’s major activities. A label, disability, or diagnosis, alone, does not make a student eligible under Section 504. The disability must substantially limit the student’s performance as compared to the performance of the average student in the general population.

What is Meant by "Substantially Limits"?

Under judicial interpretation, a major life activity is substantially limited when a person is "unable to perform a major life activity that the average person in the general population can perform."

In referencing the "general population", the intent of the law was to compare each person’s performance against the general population in the community and the nation – not the population at a particular school.

What is a Major Life Activity?

Major life activities refer to functions such as, but not limited to, caring for oneself, eating, sleeping, reading, walking, seeing, hearing, bending, standing, speaking, breathing, thinking, concentrating, communicating, and performing manual tasks. Major life activities also include major bodily functions of the immune system, bladder, bowel, brain, respiratory, circulatory, and endocrine functions, as well as, normal cell development.

When should a possible 504 referral be considered?

A 504 plan should be considered appropriate when the individual meets the 504 criteria as having a disability and the individual is not being referred for special education services. Other questions to ask might include:

  1. Is the student being considered for expulsion?
  2. Is retention being considered?
  3. Is the student returning to school after a serious injury?
  4. Was the student referred for special education services and found not to qualify?
  5. Is the student "at risk" of dropping out of school? The team should ask some of these questions to help determine the appropriateness of a 504 plan.

Is there a process that will help place a student on a 504 plan?

Basically, there are four steps involved in the development of a 504 plan.

  1. The student is referred by a teacher, parent/legal guardian, school support staff, physician, or therapist. It is possible for the student to initiate a self-referral.
  2. Documentation is provided that substantiates the existence of a disability.
  3. A 504 plan meeting is scheduled and held.
  4. A 504 plan is developed for the student.
  5. The team sets a plan review date.

504 Child Find Notice

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the your building Lead Contact or District 504 Coordinator.



Troy Waffle

Olivet Community Schools

255 First Street

Olivet Michigan, 49076

(269) 749 – 9129

Fern Persons Elementary

Brock Peters, Principal

Building 504 Lead Contact

4425 Butterfield Rd

Olivet Michigan 49076

(269) 749 - 4611

Olivet Middle School

Stephen Williams, Principal

Building 504 Lead Contact

255 First Street

Olivet Michigan 49076

(269) 749 – 9953

Olivet High School

Troy Waffle, Principal Building 504 Lead Contact

255 First Street

Olivet Michigan 49076

(269) 749 – 3671