Steps in Section 504 Process

Referral to Response to Intervention (RtI) Team and/or 504 Team

  • When a student is experiencing difficulty, he or she should be referred to the
    School's RtI Team. Referrals to the team are filed with the campus
    administrator or counselor and are accepted from parents and/or the student's teacher.
  • The RtI Team meets to discuss any concerns and presenting problem(s). Previous interventions
    are considered and reviewed. The review/discussion should include all current information,
    performance data, and recommendations.
  • The team suggests research-based intervention strategies to help correct the difficulties. The
    primary function of the team is to develop an Intervention Plan, if necessary, for the student.
  • If the team determines that an Intervention Plan is needed, then the plan is developed, implemented,
    and reviewed after a defined period of time. If the review demonstrates that shows that the response to
    this intervention was unsuccessful, the team can make a referral to another program for evaluation.
  • The team may also determine if the nature of the student's difficulty warrants an immediate referral to
    another program for evaluation. Important: If the student has an obvious disability or is in obvious crisis, the
    team should not delay in making a referral for a multidisciplinary evaluation to consider the possible need
    for special education or Section 504.
  • Notice & Consent for Evaluation 504
    Parents are provided a Notice of the evaluation to take place and must sign a consent prior to the evaluation
    being conducted. Procedural Rights are given to parents at this time.
  • Evaluation
    An evaluation is conducted as specified in the Notice provided in writing to parents. The timeline for
    evaluation is specified as 45 school days.
  • 504 Meeting
    A Section 504 meeting is convened to review the evaluation and determine if the student is eligible for 504
    and accommodations. The 504 Plan Committee will review:
    Evaluation results
    Section 504 identification determination
    The student's unmet needs
    Parent concerns
    Services and/or accommodations based on individual student needs
    Least restrictive environment for services
    Discussion of and plan for possible staff training if needed
  • Annual Review - 504 Meeting
    An annual meeting will be held to discuss the student's progress and needs
  • Three Year Reevaluation An evaluation review will occur at least every three years when a
    student is being provided services under Section 504

What Does a Section 504 Meeting Look Like?
A committee is formed to review the student's evaluation and presenting needs to determine if an accommodation
plan should be developed. Parents are encouraged to participate in Section 504 meetings. Around the conference
table you will see a group of campus staff that are knowledgeable of the student's needs. A campus administrator or
designee, a general education teacher, academic specialists, such as a reading specialist, dyslexia specialist or math
specialist that have provided interventions, the campus nurse, and/or a counselor may be attending. The parent will be
in attendance unless they have declined to participate.

Typically, a campus staff person will present the purpose of the meeting. The evaluation will be reviewed and discussion
regarding the student's needs will occur. If it is determined the student is eligible for 504 then a discussion regarding
accommodations will begin. An accommodation plan will be developed during the meeting. If the student is in grade 3 or above,
State Assessment will be discussed to determine if any accommodations may be required for testing. Deliberations will be
taken during the meeting and a copy will be provided to the parent.

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