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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. For example, a 504 Plan may include:
- Plans to make a school wheelchair-accessible
- Your child’s assistive technology needs during the school day
- Permission for your child to type assignments instead of writing them by hand
- Permission for your child to hand in assignments late due to illness or a hospital stay
What are some of the modifications and accommodations to expect for a student with PCD?
- If your child has hearing loss he or she may need assistive technology during the school day. (Ex. FM System)
- Child will be seated in close proximity to the teacher due to fluctuating hearing loss which is associated with the recurrent Otitis Media. (if applicable)
- Have at all times a box of tissues at their desk.
- Keep an inhaler for use as needed. (if applicable).
- Keep hand sanitizer at desk for use after each time he/she coughs or blows his/her nose. (Parent should provide sanitizer).
- Will be allowed to go to the lavatory as needed due to productive cough.
- Will remain indoors whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees and will be in an air-conditioned classroom in warm weather since hot, humid air may trigger his/her condition.
- If the temperature drops below 15 degrees the student will be absent and should be allowed to make up missed work.
- Child will wear his/her jacket/coat during fire drills.
- Grading will not be negatively impacted for poor performance and/or absences associated with Child’s medical condition. During short-term medically related absence, the parent will pick-up missed assignments and upon return to school the Child will be allowed to make-up missed tests/quizzes. Extended time will be provided as warranted.
- When the Child is absent five (5) consecutive days due to illness, Home Instruction could be provided. (Verify with your school district on how many hours per missed day is provided.)
- During periods of standardized Testing extended time, smaller-group setting and breaks, as needed, will be provided.
- If your child needs extra treatment at school you should contact your school nurse and provide written order from the Pulmonologist.
- With written order from Doctor, School Nurse will administer medication to the Child during school hours should it become medically necessary.
- School Nurse can exchange information with Treating Pediatric Pulmonologist if necessary (Release of Authorization Form, should be signed by the parent).
- Child will be provided with extra set of books for use at home when he/she is absent from school.
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. A 504 Plan is to be provided in programs that receive federal funds, such as public schools.
Each school is required to have a Section 504 Coordinator. Developing any plan requires working together as a team. Work with your child’s school nurse, primary care provider (PCP), and the Section 504 Coordinator to create a 504 Plan.
In developing a 504 plan, what should the process include?
- A school evaluation
- A letter from your child’s PCP describing the disability, chronic illness, related problems and needed medications and/or treatments
- Identification of the accommodations to be provided – physical and instructional (this depends on your child’s condition).