Section 504 Services

Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that focuses on the non-discrimination of students with disabilities. The law says that a public school, or any other federally funded public facility, cannot discriminate against a student because of a disability and must be given the same opportunities to participate in academic and extracurricular activities.

Under Section 504, students with disabilities may receive accommodations and services to ensure that their individual educational needs are met as adequately as those of non-disabled students.

Our Purpose

ACCEPT referrals from individuals who suspect a student has a disability.
GUIDE individuals who suspect a student has a disability through the process to determine a student's eligibility and needed services.
EDUCATE teachers, campuses, parents, and the community on Section 504 laws and procedures.
ASSIST campuses in following laws that mandate the referred, eligibility, and provided services for students identified under Section 504.
CREATE individual accommodation plans to ensure student success in all academic and extracurricular areas.

Definition
Section 504 defines a person with a disability as any person who:

  1. has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities without considering the effects of mitigating factors,
  2. has a record of such impairment; or
  3. is regarded as having such impairment.

Process

Section 504 referrals are initiated through the campus 504 Specialist on each campus which can be found below. Please contact your campus 504 Specialist with any questions you may have regarding evaluation, accommodations or other support.

Campus 504 Specialist Contact Information
Paul Laurence Dunbar Early Education Center Amanda Magness 903.794.8112 ext. 4130
Highland Park Elementary School Amanda Magness 903.793.8001 ext. 1661
Spring Lake Park Elementary School Amanda Magness 903.794.7525 ext. 1532
Theron Jones Early Literacy Center Amanda Magness 903.793.4871 ext. 5504
Martha and Josh Morriss
  Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School
Claire Wilson 903.791.2262 ext. 49049
Nash Elementary School Claire Wilson 903.838.4321 ext. 86403
Waggoner Creek Elementary School Claire Wilson 903.255.3301 ext. 70170
Wake Village Elementary School Ashley Sims 903.838.4261 ext. 8518
Westlawn Elementary School Melinda Hornbeck 903.223.4252 ext. 6507
Texas Middle School - 6th Grade Center Ashley Sims 903. 793.5631 ext.75144
Texas Middle School – 7th and 8th Grade Susan Burris 903. 793.5631 ext.76544
Texas High School Jamie Friday 903.793.3891 ext. 2535
OPTIONS Academic Alternative High School Deborah Mayfield 903.793.5632 ext. 1736

Sherry Nelson
Coordinator of Student Support Services
3413 Summerhill Road
Texarkana, Texas 75503
903.793.7561 ext. 1305
Fax: 903.255.3280



Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the District’s Section 504 Coordinator, Sherry Nelson, at 903.793.7561 ext. 1305 or sherry.nelson@txkisd.net.