504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the supports they need. These plans prevent discrimination and protect the rights of kids with disabilities in school. They’re covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which is a civil rights law.
These plans aren’t part of special education, so they don’t provide individualized instruction, as IEPs do. But a central purpose of 504 plans is to give kids with disabilities access to the same education their classmates are getting.
The Exceptional Education Department is responsible for the identification of and implementation of services for students with disabilities. Services are administered through the development of 504 Plans with assessment services conducted by District educational diagnosticians.
Contact the Special Education Department at 816-418-8941 for additional information.