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Our pre-meeting letter to all members of 504 Eligibility Team
We became frustrated with the 504 Eligibility process with our School District. There were 2 problems:
1. The District's 504 Coordinator ("Dr. Y", Director of Student Instructional Resources) was the contractual boss of everyone who was on the committee. So the committee members had a conflict of interest. We started seeing that everyone on the committee was probably going to lean which ever way their boss steered them. Because staff on the Eligibility committee had made violations in the IHP, we wanted to figure out a way to protect the staff from feeling that their past actions wouldn't be revealed/evaluated in the 504 Eligibility process for their boss to see. In short, we wanted a fair process that only looked at our daughter's condition and the eligibility criteria.
2. Problem #2 was that the District's 504 Coordinator (Dr. Y" Director of Student Instructional Resources) acted as the gate-keeper controlling the information that the 504 Eligibility committee received. Incorrect statements about our daughter and 504 had been announced in a previous IHP meeting by "Dr. Y." We didn't know what else she had told committee members, or if they had been told additional erroneous information. We wanted to speak for ourselves.
So, we decided to communicate directly with all members of the 504 Eligibility committee instead of going through "Dr. Y". We felt we needed to make sure we did this before the Eligibility meeting. Of course, we copied her in the communications.
We wrote two letters. The first one was to "Dr. Y" and copied to several staff because the committee members hadn't been appointed yet. It's posted here: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001879.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001879.html[/url]
Here is the second letter after the committee had been appointed. (I posted this in another thread, but was asked to post it in a separate thread.)
[i]May 10, 2005
Dear Members of the 504 Eligibility Team:
Dr. X, Elementary School Principal
Ms. X, Elementary School Counselor
Ms. X, Elementary School Nurse
Dr. X, Middle School Principal
Ms. X, Middle School Counselor
Ms. X, Middle School Nurse
Ms. X, Middle School Teacher
We have been informed by Dr. Y of your appointment to the 504 Eligibility Team for our daughter, Mariah X. We've worked closely with some of you for years, and some staff we only just met for the first time. Based on the response at the recent IHP meeting, it seems there may be some concern regarding the reason we are requesting a Section 504 Designation for Mariah at this time. We want to address this issue with you upfront now before the Eligibility Team meeting on May 12.
The reason we have requested an Eligibility meeting for a Section 504 Designation for Mariah is because she meets the criteria.
The (Elementary School) staff can attest to the fact that managing Mariah's severe food allergies has been a learning process for all of us. There have been bumps in the road, and we have worked them out. When Mariah first entered kindergarten six years ago, she was the very first child in the District whose severe food allergies required significant accommodations. After a few years, we arrived at a written plan in the format of an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP). And now, as Mariah's leaves the comfort and safety of the "(Elementary school) nest" to enter a new environment, it is naturally time for us to look, once again, at her situation.
The scope of an Eligibility meeting is to determine if Mariah meets the criteria for a Section 504 Designation. It is with this understanding that we have asked for and that we will be attending the Eligibility meeting. It is not our intention to re-visit what has not worked well in the past because it is simply not relevant. Our purpose for requesting and participating in this meeting is for Mariah to receive the formal 504 Designation. The need to make accommodations to the learning environment to ensure her safety has already been acknowledged by the School District with the creation of Mariah's IHP.
Thank you very much for participating in this important role. We sincerely appreciate the care you have already given our daughter and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Thursday.
cc: Dr. Y, Director of Student Instructional Resources[/i]
[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited May 29, 2005).]