Section 504

Section 504 is a federal law that prohibits schools from discriminating against students with disabilities. Section 504 sets minimum standards for providing related services and aids to students with disabilities that substantially limits a major life activity. All accredited Iowa schools must comply with Section 504. This applies to elementary and secondary education, preschool and adult education, and private education. 

Who's Eligible: Under Section 504 law, a person with a disability is one who meets any of the following criteria: has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment. 

What's Required: Procedures regarding the identification, evaluation and educational placement of students with disabilities is required.  School districts must incorporate a system of procedural safeguards that include notice, an opportunity for the parents or guardian to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing, an opportunity for participation by the student’s parents or guardian, representation by counsel, and a review procedure. Section 504 requires a written plan describing placement and services. Students eligible for Section 504 services are to receive related services similar to those students eligible for special education services.  Section 504 falls under the responsibility of the general education program.  It is also important to understand that schools receive no additional funding to implement Section 504 accommodations.

If you are a parent and would like more information about Section 504 support, contact your district's 504 Coordinator.


Legal References/Guides District Resources

Guide to Section 504 (PDF)

Educator Guide to Section 504 - Iowa Department of Education

Parent Guide to Section 504 - Iowa Department of Education

Section 504 Manual: School District Responsibilities - Iowa Department of Education

Comparison of IDEA, Section 504 and ADA

Section 504 Model Grievance Form

Difference Between IDEA and 504 - Video

Section 504 Procedures Checklist: Simplified

District Section 504 Checklist

Student Section 504 Checklist

Staff Information Sheet

Notice of Parent/Student Rights - Summary

Section 504 Sample Board Policy

Forms Training

Parent Notification/Consent with Rights

Section 504 Release of Information

Section 504 Eligibility Determination Form

Section 504 Student Accommodation Plan (Sample)

Section 504 Teacher Input Form

Support for Accommodations Request (SAR) Form

Section 504: Preparing for a Team Meeting

Intervention Worksheet: Example Accommodations

Teacher Receipt of 504 Accommodation Form

LINK to AEA Learning Online

New 504 coordinators should take this upon appointment.

All 504 coordinators should take the training at least every 5 years.

  • Click on the “Catalog” icon
  • In the Search Bar, type “504”
  • Two classes are available

Section 504 Awareness: Part 1. 

This is the first module, designed to give awareness level knowledge of Section 504 rules/regulations and related local school districts responsibilities.

Section 504 Application: Part 2. 

This is the companion module that builds on content from Module I to give practical application-level knowledge for 504 coordinators, teachers, school nurses, administrators and AEA staff. 

Angie Hance
Director of Targeted Supports and Services
712-366-0503 or 844-366-0503