a. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, an individual must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the East Lyme Public Schools recognize a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel, students, parents and members of the public who participate in school sponsored programs. In this regard, the East Lyme Public Schools prohibits discrimination against any person with a disability in any of the programs operated by the school system.
b. Click here to download the Office of Civil Rights "Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools" (Dec. 2016).