What is a 504 plan?
A 504 plan is based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 , a civil rights law that ensures all children have equal access to an education. The 504 plan is a legal document. It is designed to provide modifications, accommodations or related services to assist students with special needs who are in a regular education setting. A 504 plan is not an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as is required for special education students.
How is a Student considered for a 504 plan?
Students can be considered for a 504 plan if they have a physical or emotional disability, or if they have an impairment that restricts one or more major life activities. These plans are developed through individual school building committees.
What are examples of “major life activities”?
Major life activities include but are not limited to caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, and learning.
What is the process?
There are essentially four steps:
1) A student is referred to the Special Education department by a teacher, support staff, parent/guardian, physician, or therapist. On occasion, a student may initiate a self-referral.
2) A 504 plan meeting is held including the general education teacher, psychologist, parents, and any other appropriate team members
3) Eligibility for accommodations is determined by the Committee. If eligibility requirements are met, a 504 plan for the student is developed.
4) A review date is set.
What accommodations might be included in the 504 plan?
Possible accommodations may include:
- A child’s seat assignment can be adjusted to accommodate a disability.
- A diabetic child may be permitted to eat in the classroom.
- A student’s assignments or testing conditions may be adjusted
Where may I obtain further information?
504 building contacts are as follows:
Scarsdale Middle School
Scarsdale High School