(Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
WHAT IS IT?
The 504 Team is a group of BES staff assembled to address a particular child's needs as directed by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is a nondiscrimination law that protects students who have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities by ensuring a free appropriate public education (FAPE) as adequately as that of students without impairments.
WHO IS ON THE TEAM?
School team members are chosen based on their ability to provide pertinent information in support of the child. At a minimum, the team consists of the teacher and principal.
HOW DO I ACCESS IT?
One of two ways:
1. Your child's teacher may refer him/her.
If this occurs the school will contact you.
2. You may refer your child.
Please contact the school for a referral form.
WHEN ARE 504 MEETINGS HELD?
Generally 504 meetings are scheduled at a mutally convenient time for the parents and school.
WHO IS INVITED TO THE MEETING?
The 504 Team, parents, and other professionals who may have pertinent information to share are invited to the meeting. Beyond this, the student may be invited if it is developmentally appropriate.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
1. A referral form is completed and submitted to the principal.
2. Parents provide consent for an evaluation to be completed. They are provided with a copy
of the Summary of Parent/Student Rights Under Section 504.
3. Upon receipt of pertinent information, the parents are contacted and a meeting arranged.
4. The meeting convenes and covers the following:
a) consideration of information from several sources as to evidence of possible impairment
and impact on school performance.
b) 1) If a qualifying impairment is determined to exist, a plan is developed that addresses
the impact of the impairment on the student.
2) If no qualifying impairment is identified the reason will be documented.
c) parents will be advised of the grievance procedure (34 CFR Section 104.7(b)).
5. The meeting notes are transcribed and sent to the parents for review and signature. They
are then to be returned to the school for implementation.
6. The Team meets to review the plan once per academic year.
7. If the Team determines that the impairment has been resolved, the 504 Plan may be closed.