Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against handicapped persons by organizations receiving federal assistance. Included in the regulation is the requirement that handicapped students be provided with a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE). These regulations require identification, evaluation, provision of appropriate service, and procedural safeguards in all public schools. Individuals who have been determined to be handicapped under Section 504 may or may not be disabled under special education (IDEA).

Section 504 services could apply to any school age child who has had a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity. Major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself and performing manual tasks.

Parents who have concerns or questions regarding 504 services should contact their child’s counselor, 504 coordinator, or the executive director.

Special Education

Special education includes a wide array of programs and services designed to meet the needs of learners with disabilities. Special education and support services are available to learners, ages birth to 21, who have not graduated and who have been identified as needing specialized instructional services.

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

The Special Education Advisory Council provides an opportunity for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services to collaborate with and advise staff regarding district policy and decision-making.

The Council:

  • Advises PCTHS on policy and decisions affecting and/or related to special education;
  • Provides parent involvement in the program improvement process;
  • Recommends priorities to be addressed in planning; and
  • Provides parent/guardian perspectives on matters related to special education.

Any parent or guardian of a child with disabilities may participate. Staff are also encouraged to participate.

Families who have concerns or questions about special education services should contact Special Education Director or Executive Director.


Paladin’s 504 Policy
Parent Rights and Procedural Safeguards
Students with Disabilities – MN Department of Education

A public charter school serving students in grades 9 – 12