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Update for Families of Students with a 504 Plan

Posted by L Michelle on March 23, 2020

Dear families of students with a 504 Plan,

The Issaquah School District (District) and Student Interventions Department continues to prioritize the health and safety of student, staff and the community as we navigate these unprecedented times. As the District works to support our families and community, we want to assure you that equitably meeting the needs of our students supported by Section 504 of the ADA is at the forefront of our considerations.

The federal government and the state of Washington are currently developing guidance regarding the provision of special education services during school closures and any permissible changes to service delivery models as a result of COVID-19. We are monitoring the development of this guidance carefully and we are committed to partnering with you through frequent communication.

While we are not providing educational services to students during the school closures, staff will be providing weekly resources and optional education-related activities. If you have questions or concerns about these resources or activities, please reach out to your student’s certificated staff, who will be responding to email throughout the school closures.

In addition, based upon the current guidance, your student’s counselor will contact you about participating in any upcoming, or previously scheduled, re-evaluation meetings and annual 504 meetings. To comply with current health restrictions, any such meetings will be held via phone or video conference at a mutually agreed-upon date and time. However, if you prefer to hold an in-person meeting, you may request to delay any proposed team meeting until your student’s school is back in session.

The District will be providing ongoing communication to keep you informed as the public health situation improves and/or available federal and state guidance is updated. Please see our website for additional information, available at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu. As always, we are appreciative of our community and stand with you in support of your children during this very challenging time.

Sincerely,

Pam Ridenour

Director of Student Interventions
District Section 504 Coordinator

Your procedural safeguards (Section 504 Notice of Rights): https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/docs/default-source/student-interventions/504-notice-of-rights-english.pdf