Student Services

​Section 504

A student with a disability recognized under the federal statute known as Section 504 (29 USC §794[a]) is entitled to accommodation of that disability to the extent that it interferes with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from any educational or other program of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. Section 504 also prohibits discrimination against any student based on such a disability. A student whose disability is recognized under special education law, known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA: see USC §1401[3]) is entitled to educational programs and assignments that are designed to develop her/his educational potential (M.G.L. c. 71B §1). Section 504 accommodation plans and special education individualized education programs (IEPs) must be developed in accordance with procedures set out in federal and Massachusetts law and regulations. Questions about eligibility for a 504 Accommodation Plan should be directed to your child’s building principal.

Special Education

Students found eligible for special education will receive all protections outlined under the Massachusetts Special Education Laws and Federal Guidelines.  If you have concerns your child may require an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education talk with your child’s teacher.  Any parent, caregiver or professional concerned about a student’s development may refer the child for a special education evaluation.  Eligibility is based on the identification of a disability, lack of progress as a result of the disability and need for specialized instruction.  A student eligible for special education has an individualized education program developed to provide specialized instruction in the least restrictive setting.  

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