504 Parent Information


    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973




    To enjoy the protections of Section 504, an individual must demonstrate that he/she has a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits a major life activity, has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such impairment.  Major life activities include, but are not limited to, seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself and performing manual tasks.  All students with disabilities who are entitled to attend school under state law are covered by these acts.


    The act is designed to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  It provides that a student shall not be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funds such as public schools.


    Section 504 is different than the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This is due in large part to the fact that to qualify under IDEA, the student must need special education.  In other words, the student’s disability must adversely affect the student’s education performance as to require specialized instruction.  Under 504, the disability need not have any effect on the student’s ability to learn, so long as the condition substantially limits some other major life activity that has implication for the student’s education.

    Gunter ISD 504 Contacts

    Tara Rice--District 504 Coordinator/Elementary Coordinator              trice@gunterisd.org          903-433-5315

    Candi Lemberg--Middle School Coordinator                                                              clemberg@gunterisd.org         903-433-1545

    Melanie Putnicki--High School Coordinator                                                              mputnicki@gunterisd.org         903-433-1542