504 FAQS

Under Section 504, the District is required to designate at least one person to coordinate and carry out the District’s efforts to comply with Section 504 and Title IX.  Burlington Public Schools has designated 504/ADA and Title IX Coordinators for the District as listed below. If you have questions or concerns about Section 504, please contact the school for the contact information for the building level coordinator(s).


The District’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator

The District’s Title IX Coordinators
Patrick Larkin
Assistant Superintendent
(781) 270-1989

Director of Human Resources
Joanne Faust
(781) 270-1774

Burlington Public Schools
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803


What is it?
Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
[ 1 ] have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
[ 2 ] have a record of such an impairment; or
[ 3 ] be regarded as having such an impairment.

School's Responsibilities
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 person's disability.

What is a 504 plan?

Stemming from the federal law that protects people with disabilities, a 504
Plan is a list of accommodations that allow equal access to school facilities
and curriculum.

Who determines eligibility for 504 Plans?

A team consisting of any of the following applicable people in the student’s life:
teachers, school counselor, social worker, nurse, administrator, parent, student and others.

How is student eligibility determined

The team will meet to review a variety of data (class work, achievement,
evaluations, and other relevant information) to answer two questions:
[ 1 ] Does the student have a physical or mental impairment?
[ 2 ] Does this impairment substantially limit one or more major life functions?

What is the process following the eligibility determination?

If determined eligible, the school counselor uses the data provided and
discussion from the team meeting to formulate a 504 Plan. This plan will
contain the necessary accommodations to ensure the student has equal access to his or her learning environment. The plan is then made available to teachers.

Who ensures the 504 Plan is followed?

Your child’s School Counselor will ensure your child’s teachers have access to the 504 plan. Teachers and other applicable school personnel are responsible for implementing the accommodations.

Where is the 504 Plan located?

A hard copy of the plan is located in the student’s cumulative file. Electronic copies are available in the District’s information system, X2 Aspen.

How do teachers access their student’s 504 Plans?

Teachers access 504 plans through the District’s information system, X2 Aspen.

How Long Are 504 Plans Valid?

A 504 plan is valid so long as the student continues to have an impairment that
substantially limits a life function. Plans are reviewed with school counselors on
an annual basis to determine if accommodations are still appropriate.

Does a 504 Plan allow students to have extra time on the SAT and ACT in high school?

Not necessarily. Standardized testing agencies have their own requirements
for granting accommodations that are directly related to a student’s disability.
Parents can apply to the testing agency to request accommodations.

Additional Resources:
College Board: www.collegeboard.com/
ACT: www.act.org