504 Parent and Student Rights

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504 Q & A’s

Q: What is a 504 Plan?

Answer: A 504 plan is a legal document falling under the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is a plan including instructional services to aid students with special needs who are in a general education setting.

A 504 plan is not an IEP; an IEP is an Individualized Education Plan for students receiving special education services.

Q: How is a student considered for a 504 plan?

Answer: A student with a physical or emotional disability, or who is recovering from a chemical dependency, or who has an impairment such as Attention Deficit Disorder that restricts one or more major life activity.

Q: What are examples of “major life activities?”

Answer: Major life activities include (not limited to):

  • Self-care
  • Walking
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Speaking
  • Breathing
  • Working
  • Learning

Q: What is the process for referring a student for a 504 plan?

Answer: If you suspect that one of your students may benefit from having a 504 plan, please contact your 504 Coordinator first, before any other step is initiated!

  1. The student is referred by a teacher, parent/guardian, physician, therapist
  2. A 504 meeting is held to gather information relating to the student’s condition
  3. The 504 team determines eligibility based on information
  4. A 504 plan is developed or negated
  5. If a 504 plan is developed, it is implemented by the general education staff and reviewed annually.

Q: Who is involved?

Answer: The student (if appropriate), parent/guardian, teachers, principals, support staff (nurse, counselor, psychologist) may all participate in the process. The 504 team (designated by the school site) will have the responsibility to determine eligibility.

Q: What is the role of the teacher in the 504 placement process?

Answer: Teachers are valuable members of the 504 team; teachers participate in meetings where a 504 plan may be developed and supply relevant information about the student including: test scores, grades, attendance, discipline, general knowledge of the student.


Laurel Preparatory Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to all programs.

Laurel Preparatory Academy will provide a free appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability in accordance with federal law and regulations. The non-discrimination policy includes, but is not limited to, benefits of participation in LEA programs and activities.

Laurel Preparatory Academy does not sponsor or endorse extracurricular activities or sports programs. Students with a disability who seeks to participate in field trips or an educationally related activity may be entitled to an accommodation.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries from parents and/or students regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Contact Stephanie Starr: 
Special Instructional Services Coordinator, Altus Schools
Telephone: 858-678-4818