Welcome to the Neah-Kah-Nie School District’s Section 504 page.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is a federal civil rights statute which provides that:  “No otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States…shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” 

Section 504 protects all individuals with disabilities – students, staff, parents and the public.  Since all public school districts receive federal funds, all public school districts (and public charter schools) must comply with Section 504.  Additionally, public school districts are government entities covered by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a federal law and must comply with these nondiscrimination laws. In 2008, Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), which resulted in changes to aspects of Section 504 and the ADA, particularly the determination of who is considered “disabled” under Section 504 and the ADA.

Child Find and Eligibility

Neah-Kah-Nie School District has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify students who may require Section 504 accommodations or services.  Child find activities are located under the special education department tab.

Under Section 504, an individual with a disability is defined as a person who:

(1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity;

(2) has a record of such an impairment; or

(3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

If eligible, a 504 plan is written through a collaborative school and family process to support the student’s free and appropriate public education (FAPE).

If you suspect your child has a disability and may meet 504 eligibility or would like additional information, please contact your child’s school 504 Coordinator below.


Jennifer Holm
Nehalem Elementary

Cherie Hasenoehrl
Garibaldi Grade School

Ashley Atwood
Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School

Esther Troyer
Neah-Kah-Nie High School

Ericka Keefauver
Neah-Kah-Nie School District
Special Student Services Director