Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on disability. For many years, school districts perceived its main obligation as ensuring physical access to public buildings (e.g., ramps were installed, restroom stalls were enlarged, curbs were cut, elevators were added to multilevel buildings). With passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Congress required that schools districts make their programs and activities accessible and usable to all individuals with disabilities.
Within the last several years, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has become active in assisting school districts in further defining "access." The definition of access means more than physical access; a student may require special accommodation, such as modified assignments in order to benefit from his/her education.
WCSD prohibits discrimination against any member of the WCSD community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability. WCSD will conduct its programs, services, and activities consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Please feel free to visit this excellent resource provided by the Utah State Board of Educaiton (USBE) and the Utah Educational Network (UEN):
Parent & Student Toolkit
School-Based Contacts Regarding Section 504 Plans for Students:
Heber Valley Elementary School: Piper Riddle, Principal
Old Mill Elementary School: David Carter, School Counselor
J.R. Smith Elementary School: Molly Brown, Intervention Coordinator
Midway Elementary School: Brian Thorne, Principal
Daniels Canyon Elementary School: DeAnna Lloyd, Principal
Rocky Mountain Middle School: Wes Mangum, School Counselor
Timpanogos Middle School: Rob Willardson, School Counselor
Wasatch High School: Colleen Cummings, School Counselor
Wasatch County School District 504 Compliance Coordinator
Ben Springer, (435)-654-0280, ext. 4124
Feel free to contact Dr. Springer with any questions/concerns regarding Section 504 plans in Wasatch County School District