504 meeting...

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 3:26pm
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I don't have time to update right now, our meeting was okay, they still wouldn't budge on the classroom....I can explain more in the am. The lunchroom will stay the same, at least for him. Anyways, I was at the doc for 3 hours with him today, then we ended up in the ER tonight...asthma, I'm pooped! I'll jump on in the morning though...thanks and HUGS [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 11:25pm
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Contact your state dept of Vocational and Education Rehab ( they they are listed in the phone as VESID I for get what all the letters stand for) they will point you int he direction of who you need to talk to to accomplish this. Your kid deserves to be safe.

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 11:55pm
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I can't believe they won't comply?!?! Maybe it is time to find a new school.

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 12:24am
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Okay, I lost my will to fight the minute I entered the room. I am not sure if I was worrying about my son home with Grandma, having a hard time breathing(his asthma) butI intended to stand my ground and I just nodded and got the heck out of there. See, I don't handle confrontation well at all(no matter how much I pump myself up). Funny, when I got home the lady from the advocacy place had a message saying she could help....grrrrrrrrr(a little too late).
Anyways, what is in place for this year, is okay, it's what's been happening anyways and it's been fine. My focus is on next year, whole new set of rules for 1st graders. So I will still be working on this, I am not giving up. I do need to go above the school though. Honestly, their hands are tied because they are following policy with a capital *P*. This is just for the classroom, I am going to approach the school board, I have to get the policy changed at their level in order for the Principal to be allowed to change the classroom.
Here are the accomodations for the classroom they decided would work.
1-letter sent home alerting parents of specific food allergy and precautionary measures
2-students will be instructed on food sharing/not allowed
3-*son* will sit at a peanut-free table for snacks
4- students will wipe off desks and hands after snack
They also labeled the classroom *nut-controlled*(no signs will be hung though).
So anyways, that is their big plan. Honestly, I don't like it. I keep thinking of what someone posted on under the letter to the editor...if a bee flew into the classroom where a bee allergic child was, would the bee be allowed to stay??? Off to email the school board and set up a meeting!!!
PS..some good news, it is written in his 504 that the kids eating cold lunch and pb Uncrustables will sit at the cold lunch table. That will not be changed(at least for whatever grade he is in)....that was my other worry. There are a few other things, like field trips...but I'll touch on those later. Gotta go give a breathing treatment. I took him to the er last night, they said if I would have waited he would have been in the hospital by morning, he was gettign bad very quickly and I did the rigth thing. He's never had asthma attacks like that before. He'll wheeze around cats, or once during a reaction to pistachios...but not just because of spring. This changes things greatly....ugh.
HUGS
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 12:45am
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Quote:Originally posted by chanda4:
[b] I do need to go above the school though. Honestly, their hands are tied because they are following policy with a capital *P*. This is just for the classroom, I am going to approach the school board, I have to get the policy changed at their level in order for the Principal to be allowed to change the classroom. . . .
. . . Honestly, I don't like it. . . .
. . . Off to email the school board and set up a meeting!!![/b]
I'm thinking about you writing the school board and wondering if that's the direction I'd take or not. I don't know.
What would happen if instead of approaching the school board directly, you kept appling pressure on the principal? Assert that she is denying your child access to a safe environment. Then the principal would need to address the school board to say that she cannot provide your child FAPE due to a school board policy.
I don't know. I'd really think through all the options before taking this to the school board. Not saying that you shouldn't write the school board, just thinking that through and comparing to other possible action. . .
Have you contacted Rhonda?

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 12:54am
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I haven't contacted Rhonda, I will try in the next couple days. I do think the Principal thinks this will work though, I think if she *knew* these accommodations for the classroom weren't going to cut it, but said this is all I can do...then maybe her contacting the school board might work, but she thinks this is great...she thinks him sitting at the other table works! Since the policy says *no food will be banned because of a child's allergy* our principal is very by-the-book...so I need to change the book. (I think???)
Thanks for showing me the other side, I need to think all this through before I do anything...I tend to jump the gun, so thank you for making me think about this!

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 1:09am
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But isn`t that illegal? I am referring to the line saying "no food will be banned because of a child`s allergy". Isn`t that the same as saying "If a child`s pa is severe enough that he cannot safely attend school without a ban, then we will deny him access to FAPE"? Obviously the second statement will never be in their procedures, but isn`t that the same thing as what they are saying? Aren`t they essentially putting in writing that they will not accomodate a child who cannot safely attend school without a ban. I am not saying that is your child. I am just saying I don`t see how they can state that in writing and not get called on it.
In dd`s elementary school, we had the pa twins whose mom went to parties without the epis, let them eat things that seemed safe with no ingredients from other people`s kitchen at pot lucks even though the twins were also egg allergic, and this mom let the kids have a peanut free table in the classroom. My dd had the food free room (different classes). Since the kids commonly move from desk to desk, there will be residue if kids eat peanut products in class. I would not be at all comfortable with it. We had the food free room and it was only violated once in six years. But that one time there were crumbs from another child`s pbj sandwich in dd`s schoolwork. Is that really giving her access to FAPE? I don`t think so.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 1:11am
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Chanda: First of all, I am sorry you DS's asthma is bad right now. My DS's asthma has been just horrible the past week as well, and he usually only has asthma symptoms with a reaction, so either his asthma is changing OR he is having small reactions to something.
Anyway, did you ask the principal for a copy of the "policy" that she keeps referring to? I would want to get the actual policy in my hands.
I KNOW you have your hands full right now with these various struggles in your life. Please don't give up on this and settle for less than your son has a right to. IMO, you son NEEDS to have a peanut-free room. Period. End of story.
I agree with Gail. Think over your options a little more before going to the school board. I think it may be better to put the pressure on the principal to go to the school board to change a policy that does not allow her to do her job...providing a safe environment for ALL students.
It is just hard for be to believe that the school is saying that is is it... I have spent enough time in a classroom to know that if the students are responsible for wiping their table, it will not be good enough to remove the peanut protein. The tables need to be washed with soap and water. Are they willing to include the name of the person responsible for wiping the tables off? I doubt they will.
Again, sorry about your DS's asthma. Hang in there!

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 1:31am
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Quote:Originally posted by notnutty:
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Anyway, did you ask the principal for a copy of the "policy" that she keeps referring to? I would want to get the actual policy in my hands.
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Exactly what I was thinking. Or is this really the principal's personal [i] interpretation [/i] of school board policy?
~Eliz, HUGS

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 1:38am
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Hoping this link will work. This links to complete online copy of the School Board Policy for Adams County School District 14, Colorado.
Link to this may have been elsewhere in Chanda's saga, but wanted to put this here in case anyone wants to view it themselves & maybe be a set of eyes for Chanda.
[url="http://www.ctspublish.com/adams14lp/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm&2.0"]http://www.ctspublish.com/adams14lp/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm&2.0[/url]
Chanda, you must be exhausted. Get some rest & hope your little one is better today.
~Elizabeth
--If link does not work as posted, I will be back later to try to fix. Or maybe someone can fix & post correction. Have to run.

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 1:56am
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I scrolled through the districts policies (A-L) and did not see such a policy. Can anyone else find it?
ETA: I agree with the previous advice to ask the principal for a copy of the policy to which she is referring.
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