Section 504: WHO WRITES 504 IN PAROCHIAL SCHOOL?

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Ken:  Student attends a Parochial School. Team decides student needs accommodations based upon ADHD diagnosis. Who writes the 504 plan? Parochial school or resident public school?

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Elena

who in the private school writes the 504 plan, counselor? nurse? learning support teacher?

Chuck

It should be a group of people that put it together.

Jill G

Ken –

With 504 plans, it is usually the attending school that rights the plan – in this case, the parochial school.

Do note that a parochial school must abide by Section 504 only if it receives federal funding, and does not have to abide by the ADA.

Also the floor of support that a parochial (or any private) school must meet is much lower than that of public schools – meaning private schools are basically required to allow access to the program, and need not provide a student with a “free appropriate public education.”

Michelle

A teacher in my daughter’s private school (WA state) said that the 504 they provided could not legally be summarized on paperwork labeled 504 because of not having a psychologist or a special ed teacher. I have documented what the accommodations/modifications & labeled it ‘504 Additions’. 2 yrs I communicated over email & addressed the 504 team. They also implemented the 504 I brought from the public school district. We actually met 3 times a year to update her 504 every year. I want to call it a 504 and give it back to ASD to carry over in the fall when we return to public school. Will there be anything illegal about that? I saw in the parents guide no member title requirements. It said team is fluid by kids needs. She was already qualified in Elementary ASD.

Lisa

The 504 does not need the participation of a special education teacher or psychologist. I have been teaching special education for 13 years and have never been involved in 504s in the three large districts I have worked with.