504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law
that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
Section 504 applies to all agencies that receive federal funds,
including public schools.
Section 504 requires public schools to provide disabled students with
educational services that are designed to meet the individual needs of
disabled students to the same extent as the needs of students without
disabilities are met. Students with disabilities are protected from
discrimination on the basis of disability if they meet the definition of
disability under Section 504. This anti-discrimination protection
means, in part, that students with disabilities may not be denied
participation in or denied benefits from services that are provided to
addition, if a student has a physical or mental impairment which
substantially limits one or more major life activities, the school
system must provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the
student. FAPE includes regular education and other accommodations or
supports that are designed to meet the individual educational needs of a
student with a disability as adequately as the needs of non-disabled
students are met.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Johnston County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and
activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other
designated youth groups.
Johnston County Schools will provide a free appropriate public
education to each qualified student with a disability in accordance with
federal law and regulations. The non-discrimination policy includes,
but is not limited to, benefits of participation in district programs
and activities, including extracurricular activities. A student with a
disability who seeks to participate in an extracurricular activity may
be entitled to an accommodation in trying out for or participating in
that activity and the Board’s Section 504 procedures apply to any
situations where a request for accommodation is made.
following person has been designated to handle inquiries from parents
and/or students regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Executive Director of Regular Education and Gifted Education
P.O. Box 1336
Smithfield, NC 27577
Telephone: 919-934-4361 ext. 4011
for further information on Section 504, parents can contact the
following OCR enforcement office, which serves North Carolina:
Washington DC (Metro)
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1475 Telephone: 202-453-6020
FAX: 202-453-6021; TDD: 877-521-2172
Or contact OCR headquarters at 1-800-421-3481.