Section 504 Accommodation Plan
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a nondiscrimination statute that helps a student with a physical or mental disability receive a free, appropriate public education and equal opportunity. Students who qualify for a 504 Plan are entitled to regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet individual educational needs of handicapped persons as adequately as the needs of nonhandicapped persons are met. Though 504 Plans are individualized and vary greatly from student to student, some examples of 504 accommodations may include:
- Preferential seating in the classroom
- Breaking longer assignments into shorter segments
- Permission to type assignments instead of write them by hand
- Permission to visit the health office as needed
The 504 Plan is developed to ensure that a student with a disability receives accommodations that will allow the student to access the learning environment and general education curriculum.
A student eligible for services under Section 504 is one who (a) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning, (b) has a medical record of such an impairment, or (c) is regarded by administrative and educational staff as having such an impairment. Major life activities are functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
A qualified disabled student, with respect to public preschool, elementary, secondary, or adult educational services, is a disabled person of an age during which non-disabled persons are provided such services, or of any age during which it is mandatory under state law to provide such services to disabled persons.
Any student may be referred by a parent/guardian, teacher, other certificated school employee or community agency for consideration as a disabled student under Section 504. This referral should be made to the school site principal. The 504 Team will promptly consider the referral. The district will complete identification, evaluation, and educational placement process within a reasonable time frame.
A Section 504 evaluation will be completed within fifty (50) days of the date of the parent/guardian request for and consent to the evaluation and the district’s consent to the evaluation. The fifty (50) day deadline excludes days of school vacation in excess of five (5) days, and days that school is not in session. This deadline may be extended if the parent or guardian so agrees in writing.