What is a 504 Plan for a child with diabetes?

The 504 Plan sets out an agreement to make sure the student with diabetes has the same access to education as other children. It is a tool that can be used to make sure that the student, the parents/guardians and school personnel understand their responsibilities and work through challenges or misunderstandings to avoid problems in the future.

The term "504 Plan" refers to a plan developed to meet the requirements of a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly referred to as "Section 504").

Section 504 applies to all public schools and to private schools that receive federal funds. The same plan would also be appropriate under another law that protects students with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA covers all public schools and all private schools except those run by religious institutions. (If the religious institution receives federal funds it is also covered.)

Covered schools are required to provide needed aids and services in order to allow students with disabilities to receive an education that is comparable to that provided to students without disabilities. Parents/guardians should document this accommodation in a Section 504 Plan.

Some school districts will have their own 504 Plan for diabetes that they prefer to use. However, each plan should be adapted to the specific needs, abilities and medical condition of the individual student.

All 504 plans should include assurance that there are staff members trained to recognize hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and to respond in accordance with the directions in the child's diabetes medical management plan.

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