Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
No otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity. For purpose of this policy, a qualified handicapped person shall be one who satisfied the definition set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973 and its implementation regulations. A student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such and impairment. The Dale County School Board of Education will identify, evaluate and provide a free and appropriate public education to qualified handicapped students within its district boundaries. A referral meeting will be scheduled to review your child’s eligibility for 504 services. To determine eligibility, your child must be evaluated by a team of individuals who are familiar with your child. The results will then be shared at a team meeting, in which you are involved. Questions concerning 504 eligibility or services should be directed to the 504 Coordinator, Dale County School System, 202 S Hwy 123, Suite E, Ozark, Alabama 36360. The coordinator may be reached by telephone, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 334-774-2355.
The Special Education Coordinator of the Dale County Board of Education is in the process of identifying all children with disabilities from birth to 21 years of age, who are not presently receiving special education services.
If you know of any disabled child or youth that is not being served in a school program, please contact Special Education Coordinator at 202 S Hwy 123, Suite E, Ozark, AL 36360, 334-774-2355.
Dale County Schools are committed to the identification and proper servicing of all students with English language challenges. Upon determination of enrollment in the EL Program, an EL Committee will convene to facilitate placement, services and assessment of the English Learner student. Upon scoring 4.8 (composite score) on ACCESS, English Learners will be exited from EL services and placed on monitoring status for two (2) academic years. If you know of any disabled child or youth that is not being served in an EL school program, please contact the EL Coordinator at Dale County Board of Education, 202 S Hwy 123, Suite E, Ozark, AL 36360, 334-774-2355.
Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second-grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.
For each student referred, information is gathered in areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services. To make a referral, contact the Special Education Coordinator at 334-774-2355.