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My District Doesn’t Do 504’s. Will a Child Study Plan Work?

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Can anyone tell me what a “child study plan” is? Our county does not do 504 Plans. A person at school told me that the child study plan is like a 504 Plan.

If the school writes a “child study plan,” do they have to follow the strategies like in a IEP? If they do not follow the strategies, is the school in noncompliance with the plan? What can a parent do?

You say your district “Does not do 504’s.” Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Compliance is not optional.

Under Section 504, the child with a disability has equal access to an education. A 504 Plan may include accommodations and modifications.

A Section 504 Plan is not the same as a Child Study Plan.

You need to …

write a short, factual letter to the director of special ed or school supervisor. Explain that you were told that your district “doesn’t do 504’s” and that [someone] advised you that a Child Study Plan is like a 504 Plan. You are confused – this is not consistent with what you’ve read elsewhere. Ask if your understanding is correct.

In Virginia, a Child Study Team is part of the Identification and Referral process. These teams have different names in other states and may operate differently. The Team recommends strategies to address a child’s learning, behavior, communication, or development problems. The Child Study Team may also refer the child for a special education evaluation.

Get Your State Special Ed Regulations

You need to learn how to find and use your state special education regulations. You need to learn about school teams, child study teams, child find, identification & referral in your state.

Go to the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids site and click the link to the Directory of State Departments of Education. You should be able to download your state special ed regulations from your State Dept of Education’s web site. Save the regulation on your computer.

To find information about a topic like “child study,” search the your state regulations. Type Control-F (Find) then type “child study.” The information you locate will get you up and running.

Section 504 Prohibits Discrimination

Remember: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The person who said your district “doesn’t do 504 Plans” is misinformed. If you bring this issue to the attention of an administrator, this is often sufficient to set the record straight.

Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA

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17 Comments on "My District Doesn’t Do 504’s. Will a Child Study Plan Work?"


If your school administrator has agreed with you that your student qualifies for a written 504, why does it seem challenging to get the school to write a 504?


my son is an 8th grader at a private catholic school in Missouri has a dx of adhd of the combined type with no learning disabilities and is currently on medication. His teacher says they do not have to do a 504 plan because they are a private school. I need one in place before he starts public high school. What do I do?


In response to “our disrtict doesn’t do 504’s” In our district this statement came from the Director of Special education. She must be really misinformed to have made that statement to several parents. And she gets away with saying this. The fact is 504 plans are not liked by regular ed. teachers. all of the work is put on the reg. ed teacher and they don’t want it. Too bad. The 504 plan is a legal document that must be followed. We are in mediation with OCR at this time because the district refused to follow my daughter’s 504. We were told that we have won big with compensatory educational damages. We are still waiting for the tutor. Their lawyer is dragging his feet. We keep pushing.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Compliance is not optional.


My daughter has a 504 plan since 2006. Her accommodations is to have extra timing on her regular testing at school and on all State (NJ) test. She always had the opportunity of having her extra timing and has been successful in school. Her school counselor requested extra timing for the SAT test. The counselor told me that College Board refused my daughter’s 504 Plan. They said that she has not been tested since 2006 and they need a recent evaluation report for my daughter. Could College Board refuse to give her extra timing,when she has always taken her regular test and State test with the 504 Plan placed in 2006? I asked the counselor if the school can provide the 504 testing, since she would need it for college, and she told me that I would have to do this test privately. They could provide the teacher observation only. Plse advice