Section 504

  • Section 504 is a federal anti-discrimination lasw that protects the rights of individuals with disabiliites in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (29 USC §794,701 et seq.). Recipients of this federal financial assistance include public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies. It requires a school district to provide a "free and appropriate education, " (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the recipients' jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the students' disability (34 C.F.R. §104.33(a). Under Section 504, FAPE provides regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities as adequately as the needs of individuals without disabilities are met. 34 C.F.R. §104.33(b)(1)(i).

    Waseca Public Schools is committed to fulfilling the obligations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The district has systems in place to identify, evaluate and provide educational services to students with disabilities in a manner that is as similar to their non-disabled peers as deemed appropriate. 

    Parents and students have a right to request an evaluation if they suspect the student has a disability which affects their educational progress. Parents and students have a right to be part of the educational team that determines the methods of evaluation, the interpretation of the evaluation results and the development of the Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan should one be required. Parents and students who have questions regarding the process can contact the Special Education Office at 507-835-5046. 



    Hartley Elementary                                                                           Waseca Intermediate School
    Ben O'Brien                                                                                         John Huttemeir
    507-835-2248                                                                                     507-835-3000

    Junior/Senior High                                                                             Area Learning Center
    Jenny Sandbeck                                                                                  Jacob Hager
    507-833-0795                                                                                     507-835-5588