We finally have a 504 in place for my 14 year old son with ADHD and very mild Asperger’s. He has dysgraphia and is so unorganized.
The teachers were supposed to provide written assignments or email them to me, but the school tells me that’s not what we agreed to.
Section 504 does not require the school to develop a written 504 Plan.
No wonder the school can easily say “that’s not what we agreed to.” The school does not even have to include parents in the meeting where the 504 plan is developed.
It is essential for parents to create the documentation as a record.
Request another meeting with the school.
After your next meeting or any communication with the school, send a letter that describes exactly what you understood the agreement to be.
Clearly set out all the conditions.
Include wording like:
- I understood that….
- If I have not understood the agreement correctly, please respond in writing with clarification…
- If I do not hear from you, I will assume that I am correct….
The school is required to notify you that a 504 plan was developed.
Just creating a plan does not always ensure the school is providing FAPE. The school is responsible for making sure that teachers are providing the accommodations on an ongoing basis. If not, the school could be in violation of Section 504.
That’s why you need to create and maintain written documentation.
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