Having Problems with School Staff?
For those of you Who do not know my history... My son Nathan was lost to a severe Peanut allergy May 2001. Have been thru a long greiving process and have been active in changing the way peanut allergies are handled in Public and Private Schools. Since Nathan's death have been working with Spokane School District 81 to ensure another mistake is not made when it comes to dealing with food allergies. Especially since the Allergy was well documented with the school. The Food Allergy Task Force has been meeting here in Spokane since September every other Thursday. We will soon be making formal recomendations to the local school board with the model in mind that it will serve not only to educate here in Spokane but nationwide. Our recomendations will be in the hands of local administrators and school board members by Late March Early April.
What I wanted to do is give you some of the most valuable information I have come across as we have gone through this process.
BIG THANKS TO Rhonda Riggott Stevens WHO SHARED THIS VITAL INFORMATION.
Many Parents of PA children do not realize that their child may qualify for special consideration thru Section 504 of the Rehab act of 1974. This law has been overlooked by many schools nationwide and has a direct impact on your PA Child and their Education.
Are you a Parent that has had hard time getting the severity of your child's allergy across to school staff?
If you are not familiar with section 504 take the time to look over this valuable information. [url="http://www.allergysupport.org"]www.allergysupport.org[/url]
Rhonda Riggott Stevens [firstname.lastname@example.org] has also spent considerable amount of time developing a comprehensive form for her own child's allergy and is by far the most comprehensive I have seen. If you do not have a current 504 plan on file with your child's school I would encourage you all to do it as soon as possible. It isn't enough to just let the school nurse know about your child's allergy (trust me and don't make the mistake I made). It really takes a whole team at your child's school to ensure their saftey. I would encourage you to print this form and take it down to your child's principal TODAY! Make sure your child is surrounded by people who are educated and can handle an emergency with confidence.
I will be posting much more on peanutallergy.com as the work continues, but this information is so critical and often overlooked by both School Districts and Parents that it needed to be shared now.
Hugs to all the PA Children! (I think of them all as being my adopted Children) Hold them close for me.
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