Parents and children who receive services under Section 504 have several rights though they are not as specific and fewer as the rights of parents and children receiving special education services under the IDEA. It is important to know both your rights and your child’s rights. Today’s post will list your rights as a parent.
Your rights as a parent:
- You have the right to be informed of your rights under Section 504 by the school district. (34 CFR 104.32)
- You have to right to receive notice of any action taken by the district in regards to identification, evaluation, or placement of your child. (34 CFR 104.36)
- Parents do no have to be invited to the Section 504 meeting. The school only has to notify you that a plan has been developed for your child. This plan does not have to be in writing.
- You have the right to examine relevant records pertaining to your child. (34 CFR 104.36)
- You have a right to an impartial hearing. (34 CFR 104. 36)
- File a complaint with your district’s Section 504 Coordinator; or
- File a complaint with the regional office of the Office of Civil Rights.
Unlike with IDEA if you do not agree with the plan the school develops you are not given an opportunity to disagree at the meeting or on the paperwork. If you do not agree with what the school district has developed you will need to file a complaint.
If your child is or will be receiving Section 504 services, you should request a copy of your school district’s Section 504 Policies. In Texas, most school districts invite parents to attend Section 504 meetings. Your school district’s policies should specify whether or not they invite parents to the meetings and how they allow parents to participate.