Can anyone tell me what a “child study plan” is? Our county does not do 504 Plans. A person at school told me that the child study plan is like a 504 Plan.
If the school writes a “child study plan,” do they have to follow the strategies like in a IEP? If they do not follow the strategies, is the school in noncompliance with the plan? What can a parent do?
You say your district “Does not do 504’s.” Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Compliance is not optional.
Under Section 504, the child with a disability has equal access to an education. A 504 Plan may include accommodations and modifications.
A Section 504 Plan is not the same as a Child Study Plan.
You need to …
write a short, factual letter to the director of special ed or school supervisor. Explain that you were told that your district “doesn’t do 504’s” and that [someone] advised you that a Child Study Plan is like a 504 Plan. You are confused – this is not consistent with what you’ve read elsewhere. Ask if your understanding is correct.
In Virginia, a Child Study Team is part of the Identification and Referral process. These teams have different names in other states and may operate differently. The Team recommends strategies to address a child’s learning, behavior, communication, or development problems. The Child Study Team may also refer the child for a special education evaluation.
Get Your State Special Ed Regulations
You need to learn how to find and use your state special education regulations. You need to learn about school teams, child study teams, child find, identification & referral in your state.
Go to the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids site and click the link to the Directory of State Departments of Education. You should be able to download your state special ed regulations from your State Dept of Education’s web site. Save the regulation on your computer.
To find information about a topic like “child study,” search the your state regulations. Type Control-F (Find) then type “child study.” The information you locate will get you up and running.
Section 504 Prohibits Discrimination
Remember: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The person who said your district “doesn’t do 504 Plans” is misinformed. If you bring this issue to the attention of an administrator, this is often sufficient to set the record straight.