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It Only Took 11 Years to Update Fox's 504 Manual
Just about everyone I talk to about what we've dealt with in trying to get changes made in our school district can't believe how long OCR has taken to do their job. OCR claims that they do "vigorous enforcement" of the law. Perhaps they should come up with a better catch phrase.
It took ED OCR five-hundred and one (501) days to do review Fox's 504 manual before issuing a monitoring lettering approving the changes that they agreed to make in the March 2018 Resolution Agreement.
I'm glad that ED OCR didn't tell me, We're hoping to get it done someday., because who knows if Fox's 504 Manual would have ever gotten updated and posted online.
At least for now, Fox's 504 Manual is online and can be downloaded by the public.
You can download a copy of Fox's new 504 Manual from the district website using the link below:
- Making it text searchable
- Adding a Table of Contents
- Adding more information about Section 504 Law such as prohibiting retaliation
- Adding more examples of students who qualify for Section 504
Typing in the Appropriate Testing scenario entry below reminded me of when the district's attorney gave us an example of what a district doctor may want to do. He gave us an example as reason as to why we may want to revoke our consent to an independent evaluation by the district.
Under Section 504, school district's are allowed to hire their own doctor's or specialist to do an independent evaluation.
The district attorney's example as a reason to revoke consent was as follows: If the district's doctor decided that they wanted to hang our child upside down by her ankles for 3 weeks and we didn't want them to do that type of a test, we could revoke our consent for the independent evaluation.
The district attorney followed up his example by letting us know that if we decided to revoke our consent to an independent evaluation, then the 504 process would end here and now. I'm hoping that our school district's attorney at the time (May 2009) isn't reflective of what other parents may have to go through when requesting a 504 plan.
This kind of behavior by a school district attorney didn't reflect well on the attorney nor our school district. I've shared that story many times. I can say that it didn't sit well with me. But, that was just the tip of the iceberg.
- Scenario 1 - Suspected Disability & Evaluation
- Scenario 2 - Suspected Disability & Involvement of Knowledgeable People
- Scenario 3 - Disabilities in Remission
- Scenario 4 - Appropriate Testing
- Scenario 5 - Timeframes for Evaluation
- Scenario 6 - Disagreement Over Need to Evaluate
- Scenario 7 - Reevaluations and FAPE
- Scenario 8 - Accessibility
- Scenario 9 - Unjustified Different Treatment
- Scenario 10 - Procedural Safeguards
- Scenario 11 - Retaliation
Ultimately, whether or not your child qualifies for a Section 504 Accommodation Plan is up to the 504 Team at your school.
to Section 504
in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools