504 Student Plans
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a Federal civil rights law that is designed to eliminate disability discrimination in education; it prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Requires school districts to provide a FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). It requires school districts to provide aids and services designed to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities are met. The goal of Section 504 is to level the playing field so students may show their true intelligence without the hinderance of their disability.
Student 504 Process
Differences Between Section 504 & IDEA*
*IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Civil rights law
- No separate funding
- No “categories” of qualification
- Requires substantial limitation of a major life activity
- Parent participation recommended
- Federal grant program
- State and federal funding
- Disability categories
- Requires adverse educational impact and need for specially designed instruction
- Parent is required team member
- IEP (Individual education plan)
If you disagree with any of the district’s decisions regarding the 504 process, you have a right to Due Process.
Due process is as follows:
- Request a meeting with the school’s principal to discuss your concerns, if still dissatisfied
- Principal will refer you to the Student Support Services Intervention Team (S3IT)
- S3IT will review your concerns and all documentation and make a determination, if still dissatisfied
- Please refer to the Notice of Procedural Safeguards (below)
Private School Evaluations
Section 504 only applies to private schools that receive federal financial assistance, and prohibits them from discriminating against students because of a student’s disability. It does not require private schools to substantially modify their programs to provide access to students with disabilities.
Any family that lives within Seattle Public School (SPS) district boundaries, will need to enroll with SPS for the purposes of getting a 504 evaluation. Once the student has enrolled and received and SPS student ID, please fill out the 504-2 and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
504 in The Source
Once a student has qualified for Section 504 Civil Rights protections, there will be a new blue 504 icon that will be placed next to the student’s name. This icon indicates to the teacher that the student has Section 504 Civil Rights protections. If the student qualified with an Individual 504 Plan (504-8), the teacher would then view the plan by clicking on the 504 icon.
These plans will follow the student to any school within Seattle Public Schools.
All plans can be printed off through your Source login or requested through your school.
The Individual 504 Plan (504-8) does not provide teachers/staff with the student’s disability. Seattle Public Schools requires parent/guardian and/or student provide permission to include that information on the 504 Accommodation Plan.