504 Plan Information

  • What is Section 504?

    Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Section 504 is a federal law that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities.  A 504 Plan is a legal document that identifies accommodations to allow students with disabilities equal access to educational instruction and activities.  To be eligible to receive services through Section 504, a student must have a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits a major life activity. 

    A 504 Plan is developed for the specific needs of individual students and reviewed annually. Areas addressed in a 504 Plan may include assignments/homework, instructional materials, instructional methods, testing, organization, physical environment, social/emotional/behavior needs, health, diabetes and anaphylaxis.

    The team for each student will vary based on individual need.  A team will always include the parent(s)/guardian(s) and may include a school administrator, teacher, nurse, social worker or counselor, and other school staff.

     

    The Section 504 Process

    Referral: A parent/guardian, teacher, school staff member contacts the 504 Coordinator.

    Assessment: The 504 team at the student’s school collects information (i.e. medical documentation) and completes an evaluation.

    Eligibility: A decision is made by the team regarding eligibility.  If a student does not qualify other options are discussed.

     

    504 Team at Farnsworth

    Hamilton Bell, Principal

    Feven Kiflai, Nurse 

    Sara Lovat, School Social Worker

    Gene Ward, Assistant Principal

    Classroom Teachers

    Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

     

    If you have questions about the 504 process or about an existing 504 Plan, please contact Kathy Frank at 651-888-7621.