What is a 504 plan?
A 504 plan is a legal document falling under the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 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. Section 504 is a civil rights law that ensures all children have equal access to an education.
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:
- Student is referred by teacher, support staff, parent/guardian, physician, or therapist. On occasion, a student may initiate a self-referral.
- A 504 plan meeting is held.
- Eligibility for accommodations are determined.If eligibility is met, a plan for the student is developed.
- A review date is set.
Here is a list of sample accommodations:
- 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
How is a Student considered for a 504 plan?
A student 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. 504 Contacts are as follows:
Quaker Ridge School
Scarsdale Middle School
Scarsdale High School