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 are met. Section 504’s purpose is, among other things, to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
To be covered under Section 504, a student must be “qualified ” (which roughly equates to being between 3 and 22 years of age, depending on the program, as well as state and federal law, and must have a disability). If a student is covered by Section 504, Jasper County School District must provide protection and accommodations as are necessary to ensure that the eligible student has equal access to services, programs or activities offered by our schools. Under the law, these accommodations must be reasonable as related to their disability.
Section 504 Referrals can come from:
- A parent/guardian
- Eligible Adult Student
- School Staff (Teacher, Psychologist, Nurse, Administrator, Special Area Teacher, or SIT)
- Anyone who believes the student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
843-489-8892 ext. 1399
Building 504 Coordinators
Hardeeville Elementary School
Stefan Bauroth, Assistant Principal
Ridgeland Elementary School
Heather Mcdonough, Assistant Principal
Hardeeville Ridgeland Middle School
Jaqueline Murdaugh, Assistant Principal
Ridgeland Hardeeville High School
Paula Murphy, Assistant Principal