Section 504

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  1. kpa1b2

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    Talk to me about Section 504. Who writes them at your school? Does this same person write the Health plans? What accommodations do you provide?

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    The school psych is in charge of 504s, the nurse is in charge of health plans.
     
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    I'm getting a 504 written for one of my students...typically there's some condition identified through a formal assessment. Guidance tends to issue the 504 with some backup of some other specialist or health reason...My student is getting his 504 based on some OT issues...it's taken quite some time, documentation, meetings, evaluations, but just in time for state testing my kiddo will have extra time and the ability to use technology instead of writing by hand.:thumb:
     
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    Our counselors write the 504s, the special ed team writes the IEPs, and the school nurse writes the health plans.

    Most of the 504s I see are for things like due date flexibility (because of excessive absences due to illness), the opportunity to sit down, stand up, or walk around as necessary (because of some physical issue), and diabetes-related things.
     
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    Special Ed usually writes the 504s, except in medical cases, like pregnancy. Most of the non-medical ones have things like "extended time" and "preferential seating." The pregnancy ones generally just allow for bathroom breaks, elevator use, etc.
     
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    504s are usually done by the guidance counselors (MS & HS) or the child study team (elementary).

    504s consist of accommodations - nothing more. My cousin has a 504 because of anxiety. One of her accommodations is if a movie is being shown in class that has any... rough content in it (i.e. a movie when studying the Holocaust, or something along those lines), she can go to another room, as it will make it so her sleep is affected for weeks on end and usually cause a minor panic attack.

    Other accommodations that can go on a 504 are extended time, use of computer for written assignments (typically done for state testing purposes), ability to leave the room at any time to go to the bathroom (for students with bladder/kidney issues), ability to eat while in the classroom (students with diabetes), and a whole variety of other things.

    Anything that'd go on a health plan could go in a 504 - a 504 would just formalize it and provide legal protections under ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
     
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    We have to go through the SSMT process before we can consider writing a 504 plan. I think this is silly especially when we are looking at a documented physical issue that will not be going away any time soon. I think my system just enjoys making us do paperwork.
    Anyway, we sit as a team to create any plans, so we are all responsible.
     
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    The counselor heads the 504 meetings. The special education teacher makes sure that students are getting their accommodations. From what I've seen in our 504, they can receive the same accommodations as special education students except getting a modified state assessments.
     
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    We have a special department that covers all interventions, including 504 plans. They write the plans and monitor the progress of the students to see if they require an IEP instead of a 504.
     
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    Correct, because a modified assessment is modifying the curriculum, which only an IEP can do.
     
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    I'm surprised at how many of you have said that someone in the special ed department has any responsibilities. It's my understanding that 504's are a gen ed responsibility.
     
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    504s don't fall under the sped umbrella but the children with them DO have special needs. So sped teachers/staff are involved with their creation and implementation around here. It varies from year to year who actually takes the responsibility for writing them. A team of staff members have input in the creation of 504s. They're handed out left and right in my district. For ridiculous reasons.
     
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    That's another of my concerns. We don't currently have someone who is in charge of it. But I know we have a need for at least a few students, but I'm afraid that it will get out of hand.

    It's the whole evaluating them that concerns me & having enough time to do it in addition to my regular duties. At the same time, most of the kids would be coming to me through the RtI process.
     
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    Counselors write and monitor 504s here, and nurses do the same with health plans. Some 504 students are given academic support services as part of their 504 plan. Sped teachers end up providing those services.
     
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    The district should have a 504 coordinator/affirmative action officer.
     
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    Our SPED teachers cannot provide accommodations or modifications for 504 students, unless those students also have an IEP. Our counselors facilitate 504 paperwork, and classroom teachers are responsible for carrying them out, including tests read aloud, shortened assignments, etc. Our counselors are working very hard to remove those accommodations from the plans of kids who do not truly need them.
     
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    There's no reason to have both an IEP and a 504. It's pretty redundant.
     
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    I think I've had just a few kids with 504's, but they were all in SPED, so the SPED teachers took care of everything.
     
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    Some students may, if they have a temporary health issue that doesn't need to be addressed by changing an IEP, only to need to change it back.

    For example, any student who goes on homebound for a medical reason gets a 504 plan. If that student already has an IEP, then they keep their IEP with no changes, as well. They won't need transferred answers permanently, just until they recover from surgery. They won't need shortened assignments and minimal work permanently, just until they return from having a baby. I don't find them to be redundant at all.

    Remember also that IEPs cover students who are gifted, and who receive only speech services. Those students may also have health or other disabilities that would require a 504 plan.
     
  21. bros

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    IEPs only cover gifted students in certain states.

    Also, if the student on an IEP who only receives speech services needs (semi)permanent accommodations, it can go on their IEP, as there is no such thing as speech-only IEPs
     
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    The process for creating a 504 plan is much less time consuming than for changing an IEP. In the case of immediate needs due to a temporary medical issue, the policy is to do a 504 rather than change an IEP. That may not be true where you are. It seems many states and districts do things differently. The OP asked how things work, and I can only say how things work in my district. We can both be right about this, as there is clearly no one way to do it and each district does what works best for them.
     

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