Information on Section 504

Section 504 Coordinator:                            
Name: Ms. Theresa Nunemacher, School Social Worker     
Office Address: 600 E. 6th Street, St. Charles MN 55972  
Office Phone Number: 507-932-4420 Ex. 1159      
Email Address:       ;
  Alternate Section 504 Coordinator(s):
Name: Mr. Shane McBroom, Elem. Principal         
Office Address: 925 Church Avenue, St. Charles MN 55972           
Office Phone Number: 507-932-4910 Ex. 2104       
Email Address:
Name: Dr. Ben Bernard, HS Principal          
Office Address: 600 E. 6th Street, St. Charles MN 55972     
Office Phone Number: 507-932-4420 Ex. 1153       
Email Address:

Link to 504 Procedural Safeguards:
Procedural Safeguards

Contact information for the Office of Civil Rights. 
OCR Region Office for Minnesota:
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661
Telephone: 312-730-1560
Fax: 312-730-1576

Section 504 is an Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a disability as anyone who:
1. has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity (major life activities include activities such as learning, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks and working);
2. has a record of such impairment; or
3. is regarded as having such an impairment.
In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the St. Charles School District recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the program and practices in the school system.
The school district has specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the child is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services.
If the parent or guardian disagrees with the determination made by the campus 504 committee, he/she has a right to discuss the issue with the school’s 504 administrator, Theresa Nunemacher. If differences cannot be resolved, the parent has a right to a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies rights related to educational records. This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to: 1) Inspect and review his/her child’s educational records; 2) make copies of these records; 3) receive a list of all individuals having access to those records; 4) ask for an explanation of any item in the records; 5) ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child’s rights; and 6) request a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.