Students With Disabilities - Students With A 504 Plan

General Information

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled students are met.

Section 504 states “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 706(8) of this title, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” [29 U.S.C. §794(a), 34 C.F.R. §104.4(a)].

As defined by federal law: “An individual with a disability means any person who: (i) has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity; (ii) has a record of such an impairment; or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment” [34 C.F.R. §104.3(j)(1)].

Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities including:
  • caring for one’s self
  • performing manual tasks
  • walking
  • seeing
  • hearing
  • speaking
  • breathing
  • working
  • learning
The Muscogee County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
sex, religion, age, disability, or military status in its programs and activities and employment practices;
MCSD provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups where applicable.

The following Coordinators have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies; note
that any discrimination related inquiry may be directed to Dr. Angela Vickers-Ward for distribution to the
appropriate personnel. Further information about the complaint process is available at the Board Policy section of
the District website.

Documents and Resources

GaDOE Section 504 Resources
Office of Civil Rights - Frequently Asked Questions about 504
Section 504
504 Plan Notice of Rights
504 Plan Safeguards
Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child still be able to participate in nonacademic services?


Yes. Districts must provide equal opportunity in areas such as counseling, physical education and/or athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, and special interest groups or clubs. However, the “no pass, no play” standard used for students in most states also applies to students under Section 504 (34 C.F.R. §104.37).

Contact Information

Inquiries regarding Students:

Dr. Angela Vickers-Ward Chief Student Services Officer Anti-Discrimination Coordinator (Students)

706-748-3336

Inquiries regarding Section 504 (Students):

Dr. Nikki Sutton Section 504 Coordinator

706-748-2196

Inquiries regarding Athletics:

Jeff Battles Athletic Director Sports Equity Coordinator

706-748-2595

Inquiries regarding Personnel:

Arleska Castillo Chief Human Resources Officer Anti-Discrimination Coordinator (Personnel)

706-748-2011