02 Feb 2013 - 504 FAQs
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What is a 504 Plan?
A 504 Plan is a set of accommodations to enable a child with special health care needs to fully and safely participate in school.
Why is it called a 504 Plan?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the civil rights law that states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance. It guarantees equal access to an education, including individuals with disabilities.
But my child is not disabled, so why are they eligible for a 504 Plan?
Yes, Diabetes is considered a disability under the law because it limits one or more major life functions. It is considered a hidden disability because the physical or mental impairments are not easily apparent to others.
Medical Management Plan or Individual Health Plan covers the medical
aspect of diabetes, it is essentially a medical order. A 504 Plan covers other accommodations that
your child may need that are non-medical.
A 504 Plan will help to adapt policy to meet the needs of your
child, for instance, a teacher may have the rule of "no bathroom passes" for
their class. If listed in your 504 Plan,
your child will be allowed free access to the bathroom as required.
Are a 504 and an
IEP the same thing?
My child already
has an IEP, do we also need a 504 Plan?
Where else would it benefit my child?
Having a 504 Plan in place will cover accommodations for not only during the school day but all school sponsored actives, such as extra-curricular (sports, clubs, dances etc.), field trips (including camps the class/grade may attend), and it is necessary to have in place in order to request accommodations for College Board testing (PSAT, ACT and SAT).
After they have received the written request, they have 30 days to put together the 504 Team and schedule a meeting. The 504 Coordinator will contact you to coordinate an agreeable time and place for this meeting. You will receive a written notice of the meeting and you should receive a copy of your rights under a 504. It is very important that you attend this meeting, you are your child's advocate. If you fail to show, they can decide on accommodations without you but you are necessary to implement the plan.
Who should attend
the 504 meeting?
What should I include in my
you will go through your list of requested accommodations. Be prepared to negotiate, it might be helpful
for you to pre-label which are non-negotiable and which you can live
without. It is possible that the school
may have a better suggestion or an accommodation that has worked well with
another student. Listen and be open to the
suggestions, but if you don't agree, say so.
Emotions have the potential to run high, this is your baby you're
discussing. It is important to remain
calm as best you can.
If I am not
satisfied with the results of the 504 plan, what do I do?
Yes. All schools that receive any federal financial assistance must comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A 504 Plan is a legally binding agreement.
What if my school
refuses to cooperate with my requests?
What happens if we move to a new state or school district?
Students having a current 504 plan who transfer to another state or school district have access to accommodations specified in the current plan on file in their records. The new school will schedule a 504 meeting within 30 school days of the student's enrollment.