Section 504 Student Issues:
Both the Tried and True and the Significantly New
A CONFERENCE FOR ADMINISTRATORS, SPECIAL AND GENERAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAF
Perry A. Zirkel University Professor Emeritus of Education and Law Lehigh University
Monday, December 5, 8:00 AM* - 1:00 PM
Manhattanville College, Reid Castle, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase, NY
Participants: Building and District Teams are encouraged to attend. A diversity of roles and perspectives are welcome, including but not limited to district and school leaders, special education teachers and their co-teaching partners, all PPS staff members (psychologists, social workers, school counselors, speech and language teachers), special educations aides/paraprofessionals, and parents.
This session will identify and discuss the major practical issues specific to K–12 students under Section 504 and its sister statute, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- long-standing and brand new requirements for “504-only” students. On the long-standing side are the system-wide requirements for a (1) grievance procedure, (2) (2) procedural safeguards notices, and (3) impartial hearings.
- brand new eligibility standards under the ADA Title II regulations, effective August 11, 2016. These eligibility standards reinforce or raise various issues, including the intersection with:
• child find, including RTI
• individual health plans
• private schools
• “protected-only” students
• suspensions and expulsions
Emerging issues for both 504-only and “double-covered” students (i.e., those under the IDEA), including the following:
• extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletics
• IEP revocation
• liability for money damages
• OCR and DOJ enforcement
• service animals
• communications enhancements for students with vision, hearing, or speech disabilities
• the Second Circuit’s recent decisions in Spring v. Allegany-Limestone School District andB.C. v. Mount Vernon School District