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File: IGB-R: Special Education, Cont.

STEP

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY

1. Concern

Student, parent, teacher, counselor, or administrator believe they are observing in a student substantially limited performance in one or more major life activities that is believed to be caused by a physical or mental impairment.

2. Referral

The concerned individual should complete the Referral Form and give it to the designated building team.

3. Screening

The designated building team reviews the referral, completes an appropriate review of the student's file, and consults with teachers, parents/guardians, peers, professionals, and/or student.

Decision to be made: Is this student suspected to have a disability under Section 504?

If yes:

•Provide the parents/guardians with a copy of the Section 504 rights.

• Provide notice to parents for evaluation and obtain their consent in writing. Also obtain written consent for a mutual exchange of information from parent/ guardian as appropriate.

If no:

•Provide screening results to source of referral with accompanying recommendations.

•Provide written notice to parents that student will not be evaluated.

4. Evaluation

Conduct all evaluations deemed appropriate and for which the parents/guardians have given written permission.

5. Eligibility

A Section 504 MDT is recommended to be composed of one of the student's teachers (and/or the student's counselor), a building administrator, and persons knowledgeable about the student's disability and the meaning of the evaluation data and service options. The MDT convenes to review all evaluation results, determine eligibility as a student with a disability under Section 504, and document the meeting in writing. The team composition may vary according to the needs of the student.

Is student a student with a disability under Section 504?

If no:

•Consider other referral sources or options for the student and/or school. Provide written notice to parents that student doesn't qualify.

If yes:

The Second Decision to be Made

Does the student also seem to have a disability under one of the IDEA conditions?

If yes:

•Refer to IDEA MDT for appropriate disposition.

If no:

•Proceed to step 6.

NOTE:Whatever the disposition of the case at step 5, the MDT should complete a written Section 504 eligibility statement.

6. Develop Accommodation Plan

Once eligibility under Section 504 has been determined, the process moves to ACCOMMODATION. Accommodation is the development of a student accommodation plan. This plan is to be developed by a professional team that may or may not be the same individuals who were involved at the ELIGIBILITY step 5, but must include individuals knowledgeable about the student, the meaning of evaluation data, and placement options.

7. Parent Permission

Provide parents with a copy of the student accommodation plan and ask for their written permission to initiate the plan.

8. Educational Services

The educational services are implemented as outlined in the student accommodation plan.

9. Periodic Review

Each student accommodation plan should be reviewed by the team periodically. Three issues which should be addressed at the review are as follows: (1) Does the student's present levels of performance indicate a need for additional evaluation information that would result in the team initiating a reevaluation, (2) Does the student continued eligibility as a student with a disability under Section 504, and (3) the contents of the plan.

NOTE:
Due Process hearing or mediation requests must be made directly to the District 504 Compliance Officer. Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction encourages districts to first utilize mediation as a method to resolve disputes.

*See the Special Education Terms & Definitions page for more information.

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