504 edits

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2007 - 12:01pm
carpediem's picture
Joined: 01/08/2007 - 09:00

Hello. The school district has made the following edits to my suggestions to their one-page 504. (I made additions and edits.) Please take a look and tell me what you think. I am trying to get a sense of what they have a right to edit out and what I have a right to keep in there. Thanks so much!

School District

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2007 - 1:06pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

You need to talk to them to find out their reasons for wanting to stike out certain things. In my experience, an item can often be reworded to be acceptable to both parties. It may not be the intent of these items that they object to, rather to the wording.
School districts tend to object to words like "always", "never" and "at all times" because they feel they cannot guarantee perfection and are afraid of being sued. If you can reword what you need in a way that doesn't use these kinds of words, they will feel more comfortable with it. We have had success with phrases like "In order to reduce the risk of contact reactions, [the child's] computer keyboard will be cleaned with babywipes before use."
Your School District is also apparently concerned about their responsibility to protect your child's privacy under HIPAA. If you want them to inform all staff who will have contact with your child of his allergy, you may need to sign a waiver. You can write a short letter signed by both the child's parents which says that you are allowing the school to disclose information about your child's food allergy to staff members for his own protection.
Sometimes school district want to strike out things that to them are redundant because it is something they should be doing anyway such as your "balancing safety and social normalcy" clause. They may also feel that there is no measurable way for them to know if they are meeting this standard.
Your child does not really have a right to a particular set of accommodations. This is a negotiation process and you will probably need to have a meeting with the 504 team to discuss the accommodations.
We had a hard time with this too, but ended up with an acceptable 504 when we used the tactic of explaining what is medically needed and our reasoning behind asking for certain things. If the SD did not find our suggestions acceptable, we would ask them how they would recommend accomplishing these goals. Sometimes they came up with ideas we hadn't thought of because they were more familiar with the everyday workings of the school.
I also want to say that I sympathize with what you are going through right now, it's very stressful. I don't want you to think my points above are critical of what you are requesting. I'm just trying to give you an idea of what the school may be thinking.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2007 - 11:10pm
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by NicoleinNH (edited June 09, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 12:26am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Yes, have they offered any explanations as to why they took these things -very important things, IMO- out?

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 3:19am
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

Ha! What exactly did they leave in? Their are 2 components to the 504...prevention and treatment. After commiting not to feed your child unapproved foods, I would say the highest priority in a 504 is that the staff who will be in contact with your child is trained to recognize an allergic reaction and signs off on your 504. All staff who teaches my son signed off and any new staff member who will be meeting with my son regularly (gifted, speech, etc..) meets with the nurse to review his 504. Even subs are required to touch base with the nurse that morning and review who in the class has a 504.
I suppose they can legally put anything in a 504 IF you sign off. DON'T sign it if you are not satisfied. I don't know what exactly the procedure is if you can't come to an agreement with the SD but I am sure someone here does.

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 3:21am
carpediem's picture
Joined: 01/08/2007 - 09:00

The principal came to me in October and said we needed to do a 504, that the SD had informed him of this. As of yet, there is still not one in place, due to various factors. So, these aren't changes being made to an existing 504. They are simply changing some of what I had suggested be included. Some of my additions are a result of problems we've already encountered at this year. And, based on my research, they are valid inclusions. I used that online sample...I think it is from the Food Allergy Advocate website.
Cathy, thank you for your very good advice. I will use your suggestions for working with them on this and may have more questions for you all, if you don't mind. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and respond.

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 5:14am
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

There is a time limit on them once 504 designation is requested to decide if your child qualifies (sounds like they already did this but is it official?) and then a certain number of days I believe until they must complete the document. It's good the school initiated this. I recommend you look into the time constraints if they're been responsible for dragging this out.

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