April 8, 2020
This letter addresses the Section 504 program and the accommodations that students receive through Section 504. Due to the current unforeseen public health emergency, specifically the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, all normal school operations have been suspended through at least May 1, 2020. Above all else, the priority during this time remains the safety and health of all of our students, staff, and community. The Orders of our state and city, along with guidance from national, state, and local authorities, result in the need for Tyler ISD to provide continuity of instruction for your student through alternative methods, such as instructional telephone calls, e-mail, online or virtual school programs and curriculum, and other curriculum-based activities to the extent available. Teachers are working to create remote learning environments that will be inclusive of all students. Teachers are working to ensure Section 504 plans are considered and implemented to the greatest extent possible within a remote learning environment. Teachers are continuing to provide and document accommodations appropriate for remote instruction during this time.
Once normal school operations resume, Tyler ISD will review all data regarding your student’s performance during the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue to collaborate with you regarding your child’s performance and whether a meeting of your child’s 504 committee should be convened to address your student’s school performance. Your child continues to be entitled to all protections afforded under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act during the emergency period, and you may request a meeting of your child’s 504 committee at any time to discuss your child’s accommodations. We remain committed to equitably serving your child during this time.
If you have any questions or need assistance understanding your rights or this information, please contact your campus principal or one of the following district administrators:
- Leslie Brinkman-Greer, Ph.D., Executive Director of Academic Intervention, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bridget McCaslin, Academic Intervention Coordinator, email@example.com
- Kim Paetzel, 504 Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Betsy Miller, 504 Specialist, email@example.com
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
- have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- have a record of such an impairment; or
- be regarded as having such an impairment.
Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . 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…
The Tyler ISD 504 program (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973), further supports the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) precept of Equitable Access to Content through classroom activity structures that invite and support the active engagement of all of the students with core disciplinary content being addressed. All students are involved in meaningful ways.