COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 289

November 21, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Training for Section 504 Coordinators

 

One requirement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the federal law that prohibits disability discrimination in education for all institutions, is that every state and local education agency appoint a Section 504 designee responsible for the implementation of this law. The law also requires that Section 504 designees receive training to help them meet their obligations.

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), with the assistance of Dr. James F. McKethan, a leading expert on Section 504, will offer an informational workshop for state and school division Section 504 coordinators on Monday, February 23, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Select-Koger South Conference Center, Richmond, Virginia, (804) 379-3800. This workshop is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

 

The workshop will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. A limited number of rooms are available at the state rate. However, attendees will be responsible for their travel expenses. Please complete and return the attached registration form (Attachment A) no later than Friday, February 13, 2009. Each Section 504 coordinator is encouraged to attend this workshop. Directions and hotel information are provided in Attachment B.

 

Section 504 requires school divisions to have well-published policies against disability discrimination and procedures for students and their families to raise and resolve issues concerning discrimination. This informational workshop will provide a brief overview of fundamental civil rights issues and Section 504 regulatory requirements. Additionally, Section 504 coordinators will receive guidance on suspension and expulsion of 504 students, Section 504 in a legal context, the impact of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 on Section 504, and much more.

We look forward to working with Section 504 coordinators to ensure compliance with the requirements and equal access to quality education. For more information, you may contact

Dr. Sandra E. Ruffin, director of federal program monitoring, at Sandra.Ruffin@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2768. You may also contact Mrs. Bonnie B. English, civil rights monitoring specialist, at Bonnie.English@doe.virginia.gov or

(804) 225-2618.

 

PIW/SER/bbe

 

Attachments

 

a. Section 504 Coordinators Workshop Registration (Word)

 

b. Section 504 Coordinators Workshop Directions (PDF)