504 Accommodation Plans / Testing Accommodations

504 Accommodations Plans

504 accommodations plans are for students with special health needs. 

They help students with special health needs participate in school programs and activities on an equal basis with their peers who do not have disabilities.

Students qualify if:
1. They have a physical or mental impairment; and
2. The impairment substantially limits at least one major life activity

Educational and other accommodations are for students who need building, classroom, or testing accommodations. For example, students with trouble hearing may need to be seated close to the teacher or blackboard, or a student may need extra time to take tests.

Please read 504 Accommodations Student and Family Guide.


Notice of Non-Discrimination Under §504 Policy


It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) that, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), no otherwise qualified person with a disability shall, solely by reason of their disability, be excluded from or otherwise denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by the DOE. Confidentiality rights of persons with disabilities will be respected.

Chancellor’s Regulation A-710 sets forth the DOE policies and procedures, including complaint procedures, for students attending DOE schools and programs who are qualified individuals with disabilities as defined in Section 504 and who are in need of accommodations in order to participate in DOE programs or activities. Contact the school 504 Coordinator or principal, or email 504Questions@schools.nyc.gov, with questions or concerns about a DOE student’s access to a DOE program or activity, or a non-DOE extracurricular program.

Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 sets forth the DOE’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures, including complaint procedures, for employees, parents of students, students and others who do business with, use DOE facilities or otherwise interact with the DOE.

Direct inquiries regarding student Section 504 rights or procedures to:

For Students and Parents:


Section 504 Program Manager Office of School Health
42-09 28th Street, CN-25 Queens, NY 11101

(718) 786-5041 504Questions@schools.nyc.gov


External Resource:

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500 (646) 428-3900 http://www.ed.gov/

Rev. Sept. 2021

OFFICE OF LEGAL SERVICES ● 52 CHAMBERS STREET ● RM 308 ● NEW YORK, NY 10007 Telephone: (212) 374-6888 ● Fax (212) 374-5596

Applying for 504 Accommodation Plans

Please follow the steps below to submit 504 applications for classroom, building and testing accommodations. (For diabetes and medication administration 504 plans, please find the applicable forms here)


    • All 504 plans terminate at the end of June of each school year, no matter when during the school year the 504 plan went into effect.
    • All of the forms need to be filled out every year.
    • If any of the required fields listed below are not filled out on the forms, we are not able to move forward.

Forms to Download: 

Medical Accommodations Request Form (Completed by Medical Provider)

Parent Request Form with HIPAA (Completed by Parent or Guardian)

Forms in languages other than English.

Step 1: 2023-2024 Medical Accommodations Request Form - Completed by a Medical Provider

The following fields must be completed on the form for the application to be reviewed:

  • Student Name
  • OSIS #
  • Student Date of Birth
  • Check 504 Request Box
  • Medical Diagnosis
  • ICD-10/DSM-V Code(s)
  • Check Acute or Chronic Box
  • Expected duration of accommodation
  • Student’s current clinical status (level of control, current management plan, pending evaluations, etc.)
  • How does this diagnosis affect educational performance? Does the diagnosis have an impact on learning, participation, or attendance in school? If so, please describe.

Step 2: 2023-2024 Request for Section 504 Accommodations Form with HIPAA - Completed by a Parent or Guardian

The following fields must be completed on the form for the application to be reviewed:

  • Name of Student
  • DOB
  • Student ID#
  • Name of Requesting Parent/Guardian
  • Relationship to Student
  • Describe the concern below and how it affects the student's performance at school
  • Request for Accommodation(s) (check all requested)
  • Name of Parent/Guardian
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Signature of Parent/Guardian
  • Date (this date needs to be after the date on the medical form)
    • Patient Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Patient Identification Number
    • Patient Address
    • Field 10. If not the patient, name of person signing form:
    • Signature of Patient or Representative Authorized by Law
    • Date

Step 3: Email the Forms

Email all the completed forms in pdf format at the same time in one email to laguardia504@NYCDOE.onmicrosoft.com. Submitting these forms in other formats will delay the school's response.

Applying for Accommodations on College Board Exams (PSAT, SAT, AP)

Note: College Board tests are never self-paced. That means that a student with extended time must sit for the entire extended duration of each section of the test. Consider if your child would perform well in this setting.

Complete the online form at this link to provide your consent for the school to release information about your child's disability to College Board.

  • College Board will notify you of its decision within seven weeks of the school submitting your application. Ensure your child has an active College Board account with up-to-date contact information.
  • Once College Board approves accommodations, the approval lasts for the duration of high school.
  • The accommodations apply automatically to all College Board tests administered anywhere.

Link: College Board Services for Students with Disabilities

Link: Application Deadlines​​​​​​​

LaGuardia High School is not able to process applications for testing accommodations during the months of July and August.

If you have questions, email Owen Harkness oharkness@schools.nyc.gov

Applying for Accommodations on the ACT

1. Purchase a test ticket from ACT. Select 'Yes' when prompted to confirm you need accommodations.

2. Forward the confirmation email to oharkness@schools.nyc.gov

3. Email or send in a completed Consent to Release Information to ACT (PDF) form to oharkness@schools.nyc.gov

In the event that you purchase an ACT ticket for an additional test date, you must also email that confirmation to oharkness@schools.nyc.gov but you do not need to re-apply for accommodations.