Special Education

 What is Section 504?


Section 504 is a federal law which protects the rights of persons with qualifying disabilities. It requires that recipients of federal funds make their programs and activities accessible to all persons with disabilities that interfere with major life activities such as: caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating  and working.

If there is reason to believe that, because of a qualifying disability, a student needs accommodations, the school district will review the student’s information and develop and implement an accommodation plan.

The type of information reviewed includes but is not limited to:

  • Grades
  • Teacher reports
  • Test scores
  • Medical and/or psychological evaluations
  • Parent information

The evaluation must be sufficient to accurately assess the nature and extent of the disability, its effect on major life activities, and recommended services.

Only when the disability substantially limits the student in a major life activity are they considered eligible under Section 504 for accommodations. 

For more information, please read Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504 and A Guide to Section 504.

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Each school has a coordinator for students who have 504 accommodations.  You can contact the following people or speak to your student’s classroom teacher or guidance counselor if you have questions.

Clear Springs Talia Lehmann 952-401-6950
Deephaven Chris Hentges 952-401-6900
Excelsior Mark Broton 952-401-5650
Groveland Anne Redfern 952-401-5600
Minnewashta Cindy Idelkope 952-401-5500
Scenic Heights Julie Jo Nawrocki 952-401-5400
MME Tara Kamann 952-401-5211
MME Dawn Bruesehoff 952-401-5212
MME Lindsay Rosati 952-401-5213
MMW Neil Dejewski 952-401-5315
MMW Paula Erbisch 952-401-5316
MMW Laura Rosati 952-401-5314
MHS Carrie Radde 952-401-4033


The Section 504 Coordinator for Minnetonka Schools is Carrie Radde, who can be reached at 952-401-4033 or carrie.radde@minnetonka.k12.mn.us



The alternate Section 504 Coordinator is Jan Bootsma, Executive Director of Student Support Services, who can be reached at 952-401-5017 or jan.bootsma@minnetonka.k12.mn.us.

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