504 Referral Process

What is Section 504?

The Committee on Section 504’s purpose is to provide students with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit the students’ ability to engage in major life activities, with the appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of such students to the same extent as the needs of students without disabilities are met. The Section 504 Regulation requires a school district to provide a “free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.  

    Section 504 Plan vs. IEP Plan

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    Our Districts mission is to provide protections for students with disabilities by accurately and appropriately identifying, evaluating, and providing necessary accommodations for eligible students under IDEA and Section 504 to access a free and appropriate public education.
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    No plan will be Recommended/ Implemented Parent Consent to Evaluate was received YES Eligible NOT eligible Section 504 Initial Eligibility Determination Meeting Evaluation and/or Data Collection Re-evaluation every 3 years Annual Review within one year of 504 Plan Recommendation/ implementation of 504 Plan Section 504 Referral Process Referral General Education Services and Interventions will be considered as and/or recommended
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