Section 504 Newsletter
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Student Data Sheet - REMINDER!
- Login to Eduphoria and click on "Form Space".
- Click "Submit New Form" on the bottom left of the page.
- Click on "Special Programs"
- You may be asked to click on your campus name at this point.
- Click on "504 Student Data Sheet".
- Then, simply fill out the form and click "Submit Form".
The completed form is then automatically submitted to Special Programs and the student 504 information will be updated in Skyward. This is a quick, easy, and foolproof way to submit this important data. No more lost faxes or missing paperwork!
Alternatively, the "Student Data Sheet" is also available in OneDrive in the Section 504 group folder. You may print and fax the completed form to Jeanne White in Special Programs at fax number (817) 847-6124 (interoffice mail is also acceptable).
NOTE: Transfer students from other districts who enroll already identified as Section 504? Please also complete a Student Data Sheet for these students. They will then be coded as 504 as of the date of their enrollment.
504 Helpful Tips!
504 Tip 1....
Schools cannot demand medical data from a parent as a precondition to starting a 504 evaluation unless the school is willing to pay for the medical evaluation. In fact, a formal medical diagnosis is never legally required for a school to conduct a full Section 504 evaluation if the school suspects a disability.
504 Tip 2....
A school must closely consider the results from outside evaluations and diagnosis and weigh this information along with other information to make decisions about the student and Section 504. An outside diagnosis (such as from a Psychologist or M.D.) does not independently create Section 504 eligibility. It is the Section 504 committee that examines eligibility using a variety of data sources.
504 Tip 3....
You do have to have parental consent to conduct an Initial Evaluation for Section 504. You don't have to have parents present at the meetings, but you are required to notify the parent(s) of the time and place of the meeting!
504 Tip 1....
504 Tip 2....
504 Student Service Plans in AWARE (Eduphoria) - Update
If you still have questions about uploading 504 Student Service Plans into AWARE, detailed instructions can be found in the "Section 504" group in One Drive.
Please contact Emily if you would like a one-on-one tutorial for how to put your student 504 plans into AWARE.
504 Legal Guidance - Episodic Conditions
Essentially, an "episodic" impairment is one that fluctuates in its severity. Examples of some typical episodic impairments include migraine headaches, seasonal allergies, and asthma. At times, these types of impairments may have little or no impact on a major life activity (i.e. "breathing"). But at other times, the impairment might substantially limit a major life activity (i.e. breathing during extremely hot weather combined with physical activity) and therefore the student would be entitled to appropriate accommodations under Section 504.
A typical example of an impairment that is in remission would be a student who has had successful treatment for cancer or another disease. In most cases, this would not require a Section 504 services plan because there is no current need for accommodations. In most cases of remission the student would receive protection from discrimination on the basis of a disability because he is a student with a "record of an impairment", but would not require a 504 plan. If the cancer returns and its symptoms (or side effects or treatment) are substantially limiting then a Section 504 evaluation would be appropriate with corresponding appropriate accommodations.