Seminar Detail

Section 504 in Massachusetts: An Updated Guide to Identifying & Planning for Students with Disabilities in the Schools
Section 504 in Massachusetts: An Updated Guide to Identifying & Planning for Students with Disabilities in the Schools

Where:   DEDHAM, MA

When:  Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Course Description:

In one short day, you will gain new insight into regulations, laws and issues that significantly affect your public and private school compliance. Join school law expert John B. Comegno II as he draws from his 15 years of experience representing public school districts, to provide the essential information and practical guidance and explain what it means to your school.

Questions that will be answered include:

  • How have the ADA Amendments and new federal regulations changed the eligibility criteria under Section 504? What is the school district’s obligation to identify and evaluate students? Are you under of over identifying?
  • Why can’t a health plan substitute for a 504 plan?
  • What are the new rules regarding service animals?
  • What are the “Child Find” obligations under Section 504? How do they compare with those under IDEA?
  • How are discipline and behavioral issues handled with a student eligible under Section 504, as compared/contrasted with a student eligible under IDEA?
  • Manifestation determinations under 504
Objectives:
  1. Analyze what Section 504 is and to which students it applies.
  2. Determine how to use Section 504 to accommodate student disability in a less restrictive setting.
  3. Establish the similarities and differences between Section 504, IDEA & ADA.
  4. Specify child find obligations under Section 504.
  5. Explore the various procedural requirements under Section 504 and how they compare with IDEA.
  6. Determine when and how to appropriately accommodate behavioral issues.
  7. Explore case law under Section 504 and its implications.
OUTLINE

Section 504
  • What is Section 504?
  • Purpose?
  • Effect?
  • Standards?
  • Different than IDEA?
    • How? Why?
    • Practical issues
Basics
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Less is More
  • ”Litigation” eligibility criteria?
  • Employee accommodations
  • Private or independent schools?
  • Understand what the criteria is and means
Public School Practical Tools
  • Staff the 504 committee the right way
  • Parental consent
  • Evaluation or “assessment”
  • Information source
  • Mitigation measures
  • ”Placement”
Current Trends and Breaking Issues
  • What wins case? Or more importantly, how can we best address student needs? How to properly gather and rely upon needs-driven data to stay compliant
  • How are service animals a Section 504 issue?
  • Consent considerations. Do they need to sign it?
Transgender Student Rights
  • Legal considerations
  • Practical challenges
  • Relevant court rulings
Case Law Review

Section 504 vs. IDEA
  • Compare and contrast
  • Policy basics
  • Evaluations
  • Accommodations
Comegno Combat Rules
  • Staying safe
Student Records and Ethics
  • Access to plans?
  • Information
  • Who? How? When? Why?
  • Ethical considerations
  • Question and answer
Target Audience

  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Related Service Providers
  • Other Helping Professionals who work with Children

JOHN B COMEGNO II, JD

John B. Comegno, II, Esquire, founder and president of the Comegno Law Group, P.C., is recognized as a leading school law practitioner, representing public and independent schools through the Northeast region. He is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has litigated special education disputes across the United States. He lectures to professional groups throughout the region and regularly appears as a keynote speaker for national groups across the country.

Mr. Comegno has broad experience in the area of special education and Section 504 litigation. He regularly mediates special education disputes and tries Due Process Hearings. Working closely with directors of special education, case managers and members of child study and IEP teams to quickly deal with special education issues on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Comegno has extensive experience dealing with disability-specific legal issues and is accustomed to providing quick and thorough legal assistance. He provides counsel regarding the eligibility, evaluation, and classification process.

Mr. Comego also has extensive experience in handling general, day-to-day student issues. These range from compulsory education, student safety and disciplinary incidents, to constitutional concerns involving free speech and religious expression. In addition to handling union negotiations, Mr. Comegno is involved in a variety of labor and employment issues including confidentiality and reporting requirements for teachers and staff and sexual harassment in the school setting, including teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-student and student-to-student harassment.

Drawing from hundreds of lectures in thousands of educational practitioners across the country, John’s lectures are equal parts legal/practical guidance and humor, wit and entertainment. Attendees regularly follow John’s lectures on an annual basis and report that his lecture style not only well-informs but also engages and entertains.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: John Comegno II is president of Comegno Law Group PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: John Comegno II is a member of the American Bar Association; and the New Jersey State Bar Association.
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