504 Plan Meeting: Agenda & Requirements

Instructor: Jennifer Moon
Students with mental or physical impairments that limit their ability to benefit from school activities may be eligible for a Section 504 plan. This article outlines the basic requirements and agenda that should be followed in a Section 504 meeting.

Section 405

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a law that is primarily concerned with the prohibition of discrimination of individuals based on their disabilities. The law applies to all entities that receive federal funding, which for purposes of this lesson, focus on public schools. Section 504 laws are monitored and enforced by the United State Office of Civil Rights and the United States Department of Education. All students with disabilities are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), the structure of which may be outlined in a Section 504 Plan. There are legal requirements and procedural safeguards that must be in place in a 504 Plan meeting. This lesson will go over some of these procedures.

Sample 504 Plan Meeting Agenda

Let's now take a look at an example of a 504 Plan meeting and what needs to be done before and during the meeting.

Pre-Meeting

Provide parents with a written notice of the time and date of the Section 504 meeting. Be sure they receive it with a reasonable amount of time for them to make efforts to attend. The meeting may be rescheduled if a more convenient time is necessary for the parents and school team members.

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