CLASSROOM OR ONE-ON-ONE AIDE

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By Jodi2boys on Fri, 10-17-03, 13:15

Hi everyone! My son is in pre-school this year with one teacher and 2 aides in the classroom (all 3 Epipen trained). Next year, he is going to Kindergarten with only 1 teacher, no aides and about 20 students. I do not feel this will be a safe environment for my son.

Has anyone ever requesting that the school provide a classroom aide or a one-on-one aide for your child?

I'd appreciate any input, advice, stories, etc. Thanks!

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Mommy to:
Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

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Mommy to
Jake~ 7 yrs. old- allergic to peanuts, cat/dog dander and dust mytes.

Sammy~ 5 yrs. old- NKA

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By momma2boys on Fri, 10-17-03, 14:02

My son has an aide that has to be with him at all times, and it is stated so in his 504. She is stated as a classroom aide with specific duties for him.

They gave me the choice of classroom or personal aide but said personal aides tend to label them as low functioning. This way she helps the rest of the class as well, but most of her duties are for him.

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By becca on Fri, 10-17-03, 14:27

I was going to suggest a classroom aide. Do you feel your child really needs a personal aide, or that the teacher needs the aide in order to properly be able to supervise order and cleanliness to reduce the risk of exposure to allergens? That might be a better argument for getting one as well. If I were the teacher, I would be very uncomfortable being alone with 20 kids, never mind one with special needs for any reason. He/she just cannot possibly supervise 20 students under ideal circumstances IMHO! becca

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By Jodi2boys on Fri, 10-17-03, 14:35

Thank you so much for your input! Can I ask you how you got a classroom aide approved through the school? I know this is going to be a battle for me..I'm thinking they are going to say they can't pay an aide just for his classroom! I agree, a classroom aide would be much better than a personal but I like how you specified with specific duties for you son. Did you come across any resistance when requesting a classroom aide? How did you present it? Again, thanks! This is all new to me...

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Mommy to:
Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

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Mommy to
Jake~ 7 yrs. old- allergic to peanuts, cat/dog dander and dust mytes.

Sammy~ 5 yrs. old- NKA

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By momma2boys on Fri, 10-17-03, 19:52

Hi, actually after discussing the situation with the nurse, she felt he should have an aide. So at the 504 meeting she just said " I really feel he needs to have an aide with him at all times ". And they said, ok, we already told the super. that we would probably need one for him. They asked if I wanted personal or classroom and then we sat there and came up with a list of duties.

If you would like I could email you the list of her duties, or if anyone else is interested I could post them here.

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By Jodi2boys on Fri, 10-17-03, 20:54

Again..thanks! Either way, you can e-mail me at [email]jdjpotts@peoplepc.com[/email] or post them on here. I'm trying to get everything ready, get as much info. as I can, etc...then I'll be requesting a classroom aide in January for next school year.

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Mommy to:
Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

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Mommy to
Jake~ 7 yrs. old- allergic to peanuts, cat/dog dander and dust mytes.

Sammy~ 5 yrs. old- NKA

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By momma2boys on Sat, 10-18-03, 01:38

I posted them in a new topic and will email to you as well. No problem at all, if I can help you with anything else, let me know.

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By Jodi2boys on Sat, 10-18-03, 14:20

HERE IS MY ROUGH DRAFT LETTER REQUESTING AN AIDE FOR MY SON NEXT YEAR:

Dear Mrs. XXXX (504 Coordinator):

In the best interest of our son, Jake xxxxx, we are requesting that there be a full-time Aide in his Kindergarten classroom next year. Due to his life-threatening peanut allergy, we do not feel that it would be a safe environment for Jake to be in a classroom with 15-20 children and only one teacher.

We are requesting that the classroom Aide be with Jake at all times with specific duties for him, but will also be able help the class and supervise order and cleanliness to reduce the risk of exposure.

We have spoken to Lisa xxxx, who has worked with Jake this year and is extremely familiar and knowledgeable with the severity of his allergy. Jake is already comfortable with her and trusts her, which is a big issue for our son due to his allergy. She informed us that she is interested and willing to fill this position as an Aide in Jake

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Mommy to
Jake~ 7 yrs. old- allergic to peanuts, cat/dog dander and dust mytes.

Sammy~ 5 yrs. old- NKA

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By momma2boys on Sat, 10-18-03, 15:17

LOL, thats the same thing we did, picked a friend who already knew how to take care of him and handle a reaction.

We trusted her, he trusts her, it saves them the effort of trying to find someone capable and willing to take on the responsibility.

None of the existing aides at our school even wanted the job, too much responsibility for the same pay as all the other aides.

Letter sounds good, good luck.

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By lilyan campbell on Mon, 06-25-12, 20:49

I have a question: what do you need to do to have your child fall under the section 504 so he receives the same rights? Our son is labeled as 'very unique' with the amount and severity of allergies he has. He went to various preschools for a few days to a month, only to find out that he had to leave again. It was to unsafe. This guy is more aware of what is going on, and it is so painful. I need a one on one aid for him at his preschool. How do I get that? And, don't we get extra funds from the government to care for our allergic kids, since everything is so much more expense (vitamins, groceries, baby sitters etc)?

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