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August 26, 2008

School and Daycare

Question from Providence, Rhode Island, USA:

If a child already has a 504 in place, does a new/updated version need to be sent each new school year if his treatment is exactly the same?

Answer:

It is best practice to update the 504 Plan each year, which requires a reconvening of the 504 team. Even though the contents may not change and there may be no items that require re-negotiating, staff often change and also it is a good opportunity to re-educate and to refresh. Most schools will include an effective date in a 504 plan which is usually the first day of school through the last day of school.

For more information, see the ADA’s web page on School Discrimination or call 1-800-DIABETES.

CJ