What is a 504 Plan?
- 504 plans provide formalized accommodations, both in the classroom and during standardized testing, to students who have a disability or condition that impacts their learning. 504 plans are not the same as classification and are not part of the Child Study Team process.
- Often, a student is tested with the Child Study Team for classification but does not qualify. If they have a disability or condition that significantly impacts their learning, they may be eligible for a 504 plan.
- As Riverside's school counselor, I am the coordinator of all 504 plans.
- In order to begin the 504 process, I need a letter addressed to me detailing a request for a plan under Section 504. This should include, if possible, a copy of any doctor's reports you may have relating to the disability or the condition in question.
- After receipt of the letter and doctor's information, the 504 team will meet to go over the material. The 504 team usually consists of the school counselor, the principal, the learning consultant, and the child's classroom teacher. Additional professionals may be brought in from time to time to offer their expertise.
- If the child is found eligible for a 504 plan, the team will consider potential accommodations and will draft the 504 plan at the meeting.
- If you have any questions about the 504 process, please feel free to contact me at any time.