The Section 504 Plan is recognized as an agreement between parents and school staff for making sure a student has the same access to education as do other children. It is a tool that can be used to make sure that the student, the parents/guardians, and school personnel understand their responsibilities and to work out potential problems or misunderstandings ahead of time. A Section 504 Plan may be developed as a result of a request by the school, a request by the parents/guardians, or in response to a problem with the student’s care at school. The plan is evidence of a cooperative effort involving the family, the child's health care team if necessary, and the school/school district.
The terms “504 Plan” refers to a plan developed to meet the requirements of a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly referred to as “Section 504”). Section 504 applies to all public schools and to private schools that receive federal funds.
If your child has qualified for services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), your child's school plan may be called an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Typically, an IEP is more specific than a 504 Plan with regard to the student's academic needs. If a child has an IEP, a Section 504 Plan is not necessary.
For more information, please contact the guidance counselor at your child’s assigned school.
Section 504 Student Rights
Procedural Safeguards under Section 504