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SECTION 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 
 
 
 Dr. Robert Compton, Director of Federal Programs and School Safety
 (803)734-8067
 rcompton@sccharter.org

Training and Resources

What is the difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan?

IEP Defined

The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services.

504 Plan Defined

The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

Subtle but Important Differences

Not all students who have disabilities require specialized instruction. For students with disabilities who do require specialized instruction, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) controls the procedural requirements, and an IEP is developed. The IDEA process is more involved than that of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires documentation of measurable growth. For students with disabilities who do not require specialized instruction but need the assurance that they will receive equal access to public education and services, a document is created to outline their specific accessibility requirements. Students with 504 Plans do not require specialized instruction, but, like the IEP, a 504 Plan should be updated annually to ensure that the student is receiving the most effective accommodations for his/her specific circumstances.

For more information, consult Interrelationship of IDEA and Section 504.

The 504 Coordinator for RLOACS is:

Dr. Karen Wicks

843-784-2630

karen.wicks@rloacs.org

The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School is authorized by the South Carolina Department of Education through the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). Royal Live Oaks Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, religion, immigrant status, or national origin in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and Other designated youth groups. For questions pertaining to:
1. Precious Barr - Professional School Counselor, 843-784-2630
2. Kattia Chaves-Herrera - Title I, III (ESOL), VI, G&T, Young Scholars Coordinator, 843-784-2630
3. Joyce Dalton - Director of Facilities, Purchasing, & Personnel, 843-784-2630
4. Jan Lee - SPED & RTI Coordinator, 843-784-2630
5. Mary Morse - Registrar, PowerSchool Administrator & Guidance Secretary, 843-784-2630
6. Dr. Karen Wicks - Executive Director/Principal 843-784-2630
7. All of the above persons may be reached by mail at the following address: PO Box 528, Hardeeville, SC 29927