Section 504 Identification and Referral Procedures

Identification and Referral Procedures

A Section 504 Referral may be generated according to the following flow chart. The local school Resource Coordinating Team (RCT) provides pre-referral consultation services and is recommended to assist in determining whether an evaluation is appropriate.

10 days from Referral to Consent
30 days from Consent to completion of Evaluation and Plan
15 days to implement accommodations/services

504 chart

Students who are in need or are believed to be in need of services under 504 may be referred for evaluation by a parent, teacher, other certified school employee, community agency, or by self-referral.

The district will consider the referral and based upon a review of the student’s existing records, including academic, social, testing, and behavioral records, determine as to whether an evaluation under this procedure is appropriate. Any student who, because of a disability needs, or is believed to need special education or related services, will be evaluated. If a request for evaluation is denied, the district will inform the parents or guardian of this decision and of procedural rights as described in Section III E.

The 504 evaluation/planning team will be composed of persons knowledgeable about the student’s school history, the student’s individual needs, the meaning of evaluation data and education options. The referral coordinator or designee will monitor the composition of the 504 evaluation/planning team to insure that qualified personnel participate.

It should be noted that as part of the Section 504 referral process, parents will be provided with the following:

  • Notification of Section 504 Referral
  • Procedural Safeguards for Parents

Process for Initiating Direct Requests For Section 504 Eligibility and Service

The following procedures must be adhered to for students who are believed to be in need of services under Section 504.

  • Step 1:
    The parent/guardian signs the Section 504 referral form completed by the Section 504 Coordinator (principal or designee). The parent is advised to review the procedural rights which are printed on the reverse side of their copy of the referral form.
  • Step 2:
    The Section 504 Coordinator requests that the student’s teacher(s) complete the Intervention Assistance Referral form for submission to the Resource Coordinating Team (RCT).
  • Step 3:
    The school's RCT will consider the parent referral and intervention information, and based upon a review of the student’s existing records (including academic, social, testing and behavioral records), determine whether an evaluation under Section 504 is appropriate. The parent must be invited to participate in the RCT meeting.
  • Step 4:
    The RCT may recommend alternative steps to address the needs of the student.