Section 504: PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND 504 COMPLIANCE

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Ricardo: What are the legal requirements for private schools that do not receive federal funding and are having issues with newly registered students with disabilities that were receiving accommodations and modifications in the public school system?

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Rachel

I have two children in private school with a dyslexia diagnosis. The school does a great job accommodating the children. My concern is that we don’t have a 504 in place for later when they are not at this school and will need more time for testing such as the ACT etc… How to I make sure there is something in place to protect them for these type of test and college.

Chuck

Your state parent training and information center should be able to give you some help. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Amanda

Is there some law or know your rights for students who attend a private school and will remain in private school in order for them to receive a 504 plan from a zoned public school? I was recently turned away and something about that doesn’t seem right to me for a child who is diagnosed with ADHD and needs a 504 plan/evaluation.

Chuck

If a child is tested by the public school, & is determined to have a disability under IDEA, that school could offer services, depending on your state rules. Your state parent training & information center can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Carrie

My daughter goes to private religious school, but i believe they do get some federal funds,such as busing. Last year she was taken off the IEP and was suppose to be on a 504. By November, we had nothing in writing. The principal then asked what i wanted and said she would put it writing, which she did not. My daughter was then diagnosed with Autism. Denied IEP and OT, because she is not failing. A month prior to IEP meeting, i met with principal to discuss accommodations until the IEP Meeting. These have never been implemented by teachers and I am getting the run around by the principal. CHECKING FOR UNDERSTANDING ON HOMEWORK assignment is my main concern. Principal agreed, but a month later, not getting done and no written 504. Principal not doing anything. HELP

parents

So, my child’s private school is refusing reasonable accommodations such as the ability to read AND annotate electronically vs using the paper book and use those annotations for an exam (students are allowed their paper books/annotations for the exam). The are also refusing to make a format change to multiple choice or matching for a weekly vocabulary test instead of a blank fill in format. The vocab test has previously (in different grades) been administered in the requested format. The child’s grades are suffering. They claim these are modifications and not accommodations and against school policy (no written policy provided). They admitted the child with full knowledge of the learning disability, including her not finishing reading section of entrance exam.??

Morning

One of my kids went the private school route. I used full disclosure with also telling them the child’s AT needs. At one of the schools my child interviwed at, the learning specialist looked like a deer in head lights when I explained my child’s needs. That was a warning sign and indicative of the culture at the school. We withdrew the application for admission at that particular private school. My child is currently at a private school where the school “culture” understands and supports kids with LD as well as fullly prepare them for college. I also asked “targeted” questions at the interviews to get to the heart of the school culture. Go with school that is the best “fit” for your child and actually “wants” your child at the school and for your child to make progress.

Jill G

Ricardo –

That depends. Is the school run by a religious organization? If NOT, then the school must abide by Title III of the ADA.That means they must make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures that allow an individual with a disability to access the program.

If the school IS run by a religious organization, does it really not receive any funding? No money from the USDA for school lunches, busing help from the local public district, or voucher to help offset tuition? If it does receive funding, it is covered by Section 504 which, when it comes to private schools, essentially functions the same as the ADA.

If the school is run by a religious institution and really receives no federal monies, then you’re out of luck at the federal level but state law may offer some protection.

Rachel

Are religious private schools able to reject admission to a student that is in possession of a 504 plan based solely on that point?

Jill G

Rachel –

Rejecting a student based solely on the fact that they had a 504 plan is disability discrimination.

If the religious school is subject to Section 504, then they are prohibited from such discrimination. They may be subject to Section 504 if they receive, directly or indirectly, any federal funding. Common ways that private schools may receive funding is through tuition vouchers, busing help from the local public school district, or through participating in the USDA school meal program.

If they don’t receive any federal funding, they’re likely free to enact such discrimination under federal law. Some states do have more stringent anti-discrimination laws which may provide a student with protection.

CChambers

My child attends a private school that is NOT run by a religious organization, but it also does NOT receive any federal funding whatsoever (I checked). Are they still subject to Section 504?