As part of the principal's investigation, the principal, with the assistance of the STEP team and the assistant superintendent from the Department of Catholic Schools, shall make a determination whether the student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. This determination shall be based upon all information available, including but not limited to medical reports and records, educational records, findings of a public school, and any other documentation pertaining to the student's condition. If the student does not have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, then the student is not considered "disabled" and does not meet the minor adjustment criteria under Section 504 and is not entitled to Section 504 relief the parents/guardians seek. The principal should use STEP Form 13 - Disability Discrimination Complaint Minor Adjustment Evaluation to document the review process and the decision reached. The written decision must be given to the parents/guardians within 20 calendar days of receipt of the initial complaint.
Although the student may not have a legally recognized disability, the principal may wish to consult with the STEP team to determine what strategies, if any, are available to respond to the student's needs.