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SECTION 504: Student and Parent Rights in Identification, Evaluation and Placement

The following is a description of student and parent rights granted by federal law. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions. 


  1. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination based on a disability. 
  2. Have the school district advise you as to your rights under federal law. 
  3. Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, or placement of your child. 
  4. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with other students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school district make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities. 
  5. Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided students without disabilities. 
  6. Have your child receive special education and related services if she/he is found to be eligible under the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PL 101-476), or to receive reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 
  7. Have evaluation, educational, and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources, and by individuals who know the student, the evaluation data, and placement options. 
  8. Have transportation provided to a school placement setting at no greater cost to you than would be incurred if the student were placed in a program operated by the school district. 
  9. Give your child an equal opportunity to participate in nonacademic and extracurricular activities offered by the school district. 
  10. Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement. 
  11. Obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost if the fee would effectively deny you access to the records. 
  12. Receive a response from the school district to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child’s records. 
  13. Request amendment of your child’s educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the school district refuses this request, it shall notify you within a reason able time, and advise you of the right to a hearing. 
  14. Request mediation or an impartial due process hearing related to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, or placement. You and your child may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you. 
  15. Ask for payment of reasonable attorney fees if you are successful on your claim. 
  16. File a local grievance. 

The person in the Goddard School District who is responsible for Section 504 compliance is the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, George Tignor, 316-794-4000.

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