Posted on 08/27/2018 at 07:39 AM by Blog Experts
With the start of each new school year, it is a time for us to try to remember the importance of having our school administrators, general education teachers, and equity and Section 504 Coordinators review their policies and procedures that support Section 504. Section 504 is not optional for either public schools or private schools which receive any funding from the federal and/or state government. There is a great deal of support and guidance provided for districts to use on our Northwest AEA website.
Section 504 must be supported by and through our general education staff and ensure a team of individuals familiar with students who don’t qualify for services through IDEA and have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Districts need to be sure their staff have the appropriate training and team decision-making processes in place to conduct the evaluation, determine eligibility, and develop a Section 504 plan that specifically identifies those accommodations needed to ensure the student receives Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in academic, electives, and all aspects of offerings for non-disabled students in your buildings and district. Now is the time to review your procedures and to ensure all of your teachers and staff understand that the Section 504 plans are legally binding and as important for them to follow as the IEP for students in special education.