Unwritten 504 Plans: School Says, “That’s Not What We Agreed To!”

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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.

You will find just how to write letters in Documentation, Paper trails, and Letter writing at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/ltrs.index.htm

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3 Comments on "Unwritten 504 Plans: School Says, “That’s Not What We Agreed To!”"

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08/18/2016 5:07 pm

I need help and I am upset and angry.. we live in Minnesota and my son has had a 504 since kindergarten.. because of medical and other issues is now a year behind and a senior at 19.. after practicing football all week we are now being told he can not play .. I also requested him to receive IEP testing as it has just NOW been pointed out after all these years that he may have learning disabilities.. instead the high school after telling him he CAN play this year IF he goes to an alternative school and not to the high school.. I am angry.. this school is drug infested and they want him there instead of at the high school .. they lied to us to get us to agree to go there saying he would graduate early and could still play football and wrestle.. now being denied sports and an IEP testing ..

02/03/2016 7:16 pm

Question.. Can van service be added to a 504… in PA and IF it is/can be added, is it and accommodation that has to be followed, or is it “just a recommendation from “some Dr that your child has”

11/05/2013 1:46 pm

My grandson is lacking skills necessary to build interpersonal relationships. Any type of counseling/therapy is nearly nonexistant in our geographical area. They won’t even diagnose deficits that require any type of psych help. How can we force them to help him with this? His eval. Puts him in the above avg. IQ range, but he is not a happy child. I fear that he is suffering from problems created by his inability to express himself or make even one friend. Older boys are starting to pick on him and he doesn’t know how to handle this. Right now he is well behaved, with the exception of some ADHD impulsivity. I have taught in elem. school for 17 yrs now, with a lot of PD and personal interest in LD/ASD. He would qualify under the Autism umbrella for Aspbergers. He needs more than a reg. classroom, to be successful. Please help us!