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DeMaris Barnett: 504 Coordinator

A 504 plan helps a child with special health care needs to fully participate in school. Usually, a 504 plan is used by a general education student who is not eligible for special education services. A 504 plan lists accommodations related to the child's disability and required by the child so that he or she may participate in the general classroom setting and educational programs. Your child may be eligible for accommodations under a 504 plan if he or she has a physical or mental health disability that limits one or more major life functions. A 504 plan is supported by the federal civil rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

When developing a 504 plan, the process will include:

  • A school evaluation
  • A letter from your child's PCP describing the disability, chronic illness, related problems and medications and/or treatments
  • Identification of the accommodations to be provided-physical and instructional (this depends on the child's condition)