What Can I Achieve with a 504 Plan?

My daughter's school has a peanut-free table but this only isolates the child with the disability, not the contaminate. Once she goes on the playground, she is exposed to all of the peanut oil that her peanut-butter eating friends have on their hands as they touch the playground equipment, door knobs, etc.

Our school feels they have adequate measures in place. I disagree. I feel like the peanut-butter products should be isolated and the students that eat them need to wash their hands after they eat and before they play.

Can I achieve this with a 504 plan? And if not, am I within my rights to request a peanut-free campus? I don't know what I'm able to ask for at this point. All I know is she's reacting at least once a month because of kids that eat peanut butter and it's like she's going to a school that allows loaded guns with a bullet only meant for her.

What can I do?

By jap on Tue, 02-25-14, 02:24

1. (of a person) having condition that limits movements, senses, or activities.
"facilities for disabled people"
synonyms: handicapped, incapacitated; More

It does all of the above, it is a health condition that limits her socially and physically with possible disastrous consequences for the child. I liken it to the world we live in fearing and planning against terrorists, every step of daily life has to be evaluated, just like a diabetic or person with seizures.

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By jap on Sun, 11-24-13, 17:36

Yes difficult
My daughter has had a peanut allergy and is now 15, she is greater than 100 out of 100. It will depend on notes from your Doctor and allergist 504 and how hard you push.Sadly the school will do more than any other spot in life I.E College and work.

My Daughters class room/s have always been Peanut free but never the school, she also has a Peanut free table.

The worst of human beings comes out when they are asked or told what they can or cannot do. "Why should i , My Childs write is to eat Peanut butter" When my daughter took a flight they asked to refrain from peanuts and some fat lump next to me could be heard complaining and saying , "what next" I Told him that it was for my daughter and he soon shut up.The disability act came about because people had to be told how to behave with compassion.There is talk of standardized rules at the fed level for schools.

There are certain realities for people with disabilities , yes it does isolate children , better than having a reaction. If you don't get what is safe then you will have to work with what you have. Your child will have to wear gloves on the play ground or wash hands well after playing.

Push hard no your writes and you might be surprised, cross that bridge after if it is not optimum

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By Anmant70 on Tue, 11-26-13, 01:52

Are you comparing or labeling those with nut allergies as "disabled"? Just wanting to understand your point.

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Fri, 11-22-13, 01:38

Question of the Week: Answered!

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Our Answer:

We are sorry to hear that your daughter has had so many reactions. All kids deserve to feel safe in school, no matter what the situation.

If you sign your daughter up for a Section 504 plan, the school then sets up a meeting (usually involving teachers, parents, school personnel, etc.) to develop a plan appropriate for your child. The school must provide reasonable accommodations. If you disagree with the evaluation, you can file a request for an impartial hearing or file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.

Aside from that, you can talk to your daughter’s teacher and to parents of her classmates. Inform them of her allergy and even ask if you can reserve a day to discuss the situation with the kids. Let them know that in order for your daughter to be completely safe, her friends need to wash their hands thoroughly with warm water.

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By cnf123 on Sun, 11-24-13, 17:53

Wow, that's a lot of reacting! I am so sorry to hear that. I can't believe the school isn't doing something with all your daughter's contact. The most important thing is to make sure that your daughter knows it is not safe to put her hands in her mouth (or nose) at school (or any hands for that matter). And that she washes her hand before lunch and snack.
My 5 year old goes to a NYC public school and has a 504 which got him a health para. The para is in the classroom as extra eyes and assists the teacher, too. His school serves peanut butter sandwiches daily, if the students don't want what is on the menu. He sits with his friends, but on the end of the table with no one in front or next to him with peanut foods.
My son is off the charts, his allergy could kill him, but can't afford $45000 for private school. All the public schools (but one that we didn't get a space at) in our district are not peanut-free.
If there is a problem at school, I feel that with the 504 and the health para, I would have grounds to make huge changes at the school. That said, if there is a problem, I will homeschool my little guy until we can get him into a peanut-free school.
The new thing is to have a peanut table, instead of a peanut-free table. The children that are allergic don't have a choice as to what to eat, the others do.
Get a 504, maybe the school will take you more seriously!

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