Section 504: CAN A SCHOOL DENY A 504 PLAN REQUESTED BY A PEDIATRICIAN?

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Jen:  My daughter is 7 years old and has been diagnosed with Anxiety. She has started having anxiety attacks at school, usually during lunch when she is required to sit in a large lunchroom filled with loud students and teachers. This is not the only situation, but an example. Our pediatrician submitted a letter for a 504 plan and the school has advised they will review to see if it is warranted or will deny it. Is this possible? They have not reached out to our pediatrician and now are calling for a meeting for me to come in to school to have a meeting with their ESAP team (Team of teachers, speech therapy, nurse, guidance counselor, her teachers and principal) to decide if it is warranted.

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Chuck

This is pretty common for schools to do. A group of school staff must officially make the decision of need.