504 Plan

Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2003 - 2:36am
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Ok now that i am back to this site, I won't shut up!!
I keep reading about this 504 plan and have read what others wrote about it but I can't seem to find a simple explination of it. I have the school info packet from the FAAN$75.00 and a packet I put together to train and educate the staff that will be around my son this upcoming school year. But I do not have this plan in my packet. Do I need it? Does it need to be written by a doctor. I felt from reading the legal terms of this plan, that if I were to hand it to the school now, it would be like I was threatening them to comply with our needs. So far they are working with us. I just thought, IF there were a problem that arises then I would approach the school with this plan, Maybe I just don't understand it correctly.
Take care...
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Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 6:23am
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I wished I had requested 504 status prior to my dd starting school. We mottled through the first couple years and ended up with an IHP (implemented in her 2nd grade) that is working out well. Personally, I'd go for it. I don't think doctors have any practical experience dealing with the schools and aren't in a position to advise one way or another.
Gail

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 1:35pm
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Jodi2boys,
Here is the link that helped me do my entire 504 plan. I think there are so many questions there that you might not normally think of.
[url="http://www.allergysupport.org/index.php?contents=rhondadocs/Outline.htm"]http://www.allergysupport.org/index.php?contents=rhondadocs/Outline.htm[/url]
Good Luck,
~Ginger~

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 11:24pm
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Thanks for your responses! I'm going to stick with my plan and do a 504.

Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2003 - 3:58am
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Ginger,
I honestly thought that for the 504 we were going to have to sit down and write out this big paper with the school. Truth is, the requests we wrote out, and the principal approved, are stapled to the 504 form that I only had to sign. Piece of cake.
So, my 504 is "Our outline for school" posted on this site.
Good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2003 - 11:09pm
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Lam,
Thank you for informing me ... it was exactly what I was looking for. I had printed out the outline for 504 plan outline for severe food allergies from the allergysupport.org.
With that outline and your outline, I will be able to put together today our outline.
I also saw the letter you used from another parent written to Oprah and ask her if I may use parts of it for my packet for the school. Reading it really makes you realize it's us against them. Educate is the key. With this packet, my role in our school, running for a PTA officer this year and within the next few years I would like to run for a position on the Board of Education for our area. I will educate at least 900 students and families this year in our elementary school...People have to understand.... I thank you again [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Ginger

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 12:24am
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Ginger, in all of the literature you received from FAAN to help you educate the school, etc., did you receive anything that said anything about a 504 Plan at all? Somehow I've gotten the impression (and I would like to be corrected) that FAAN would not be the place to go to try to get information re a 504 Plan.
I'm Canadian so I don't have a 504 Plan but I do have a written school plan for my PA son which was written by another PA.com member.
I'll re-raise it in the off-chance that you'd like to have some more material to read.
Also, there are several people that have posted excellent 504 Plans on the board - rilira, vic, RhondaRS (these people come immediately to mind, but that doesn't mean they are the best or the only ones).
I wasn't even going to post a reply because I figured with the great response you got from Lam you really got it covered. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 12:46am
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Check out this thread:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/000521.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/000521.html[/url]
Take Care,
Rhonda

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 3:51am
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Cindy,
I reread what I wote and I can see how it seem liked I got a 504 from FAAN. We ordered a school packet from the FAAN and printed the 504 outline from the allergysupport.org
[url="http://www.allergysupport.org/index.php?contents=rhondadocs/Outline.htm"]http://www.allergysupport.org/index.php?contents=rhondadocs/Outline.htm[/url]
There was a detailed 504 outline.
I also found out that there was not a charge for the school packet because the principal ordered it and there is no charge that way. If I had not looked into that, I would have paid $75.00
Go figure, Atleast the school will have their training kit. Hope I cleared the misunderstanding up. By the way, does the FAAN not support a 504 plan?
Ginger

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Reraising Ryan's.

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 10:43am
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welcome scalleja, if you go in the schools forum there are several threads running on 504 plans. Another good source of info. is [url="http://www.allergysupport.org"]www.allergysupport.org[/url]
Once you do some reading you may want to post any additional questions in the schools forum.

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 3:34pm
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Scalleja,
In addition to Momma2boys excellent suggestions, I also recommend reviewing a very lengthy (84 pages), but worthwhile, document on Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies in Schools.
It was put out by the Mass Dept. of Education in the fall of 2002, and it will trigger lots of good ideas for consideration.
Here's the link:
[url="http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf"]http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf[/url]
Caution....it's a large file (about 2.5MB).

Posted on: Fri, 03/12/2004 - 9:02am
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I have been meaning to raise our approved Kindergarten and First grade 504's for anyone looking for something along the lines of a more detailed one. I think I already retyped everything and can post it soon. Our first grade one will have a note section after the 504 on how we micromanaged particular areas to match the objectives in the 504.

Posted on: Wed, 04/28/2004 - 12:10am
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I actually got it in under schools today. Sorry it took so long, but I hope it can help. Some of my other stuff used throughout the past two years at school is listed under that board as well. Our approved Kindergarten 504 was for a half-day schedule as per our district.

Posted on: Thu, 10/12/2006 - 5:56am
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I would not type up a draft since most schools do not want to use your draft anyway. They will want to start fresh with their own. If they ask you for a draft, then great, but first you need to establish eligibility. If you give them a draft they may perceive it as your "list of demands" and they may hesitate to grant eligibility if there are things on your list that they don't like.
First, you need to get a letter from your doctor. There are many threads in the school section discussing this. See
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001046.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001046.html[/url]
The official way to request a 504 is to request "an evaluation for Section 504 eligibility" in writing. You can address this to your school principal or to your district's 504 coordinator, depending on your situation.
Even if you are on good terms with your school, I would recommend making your request in writing because many times when people make this a verbal request they are told "we don't do 504's for food allergies" or the school drags its feet and never gets around to scheduling a meeting. I would make the request in writing and project the attitude that you are doing it that way because you just want to do the right, professional thing.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:09am
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If the private school receives any federal money (e.g. for a lunch program), they must comply with Section 504. In addition, all private schools (except parochial schools) must comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
For your daughter's safety, any school should meet with you to create a food allergy management plan of some kind (some call it a "health plan"), including measures to avoid allergens and the emergency treatment protocol signed by her doctor.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited July 31, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:10am
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Hi. I am really not sure. I dont think so, but I am no expert. There are a lot of helpful people here that I know can help you further so hang tight, you will get a true answer. Sorry I am not much help!
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Helen
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Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 01/16/2006 - 9:09am
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Here's a great link that will give you some great information on what a 504 plan is. Hope it helps you!
[url="http://www.access4allergickids.com/Section_504"]www.access4allergickids.com/Section_504[/url]
Tracy

Posted on: Mon, 01/16/2006 - 11:16pm
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Try searching the Board. That is how I found all the information I could handle. There are many sample 504 plans and letters.

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 2:01am
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[url="http://www.allergysupport.org"]www.allergysupport.org[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 9:08pm
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Most of our approved and implemented 504's are posted under this board, at least from Kindergarten to Second Grade. Not sure if I put the 3rd grade one up yet.
If you do a search on my user name under the Schools board, it should bring them up.

Posted on: Thu, 10/12/2006 - 5:56am
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I would not type up a draft since most schools do not want to use your draft anyway. They will want to start fresh with their own. If they ask you for a draft, then great, but first you need to establish eligibility. If you give them a draft they may perceive it as your "list of demands" and they may hesitate to grant eligibility if there are things on your list that they don't like.
First, you need to get a letter from your doctor. There are many threads in the school section discussing this. See
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001046.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001046.html[/url]
The official way to request a 504 is to request "an evaluation for Section 504 eligibility" in writing. You can address this to your school principal or to your district's 504 coordinator, depending on your situation.
Even if you are on good terms with your school, I would recommend making your request in writing because many times when people make this a verbal request they are told "we don't do 504's for food allergies" or the school drags its feet and never gets around to scheduling a meeting. I would make the request in writing and project the attitude that you are doing it that way because you just want to do the right, professional thing.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:09am
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If the private school receives any federal money (e.g. for a lunch program), they must comply with Section 504. In addition, all private schools (except parochial schools) must comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
For your daughter's safety, any school should meet with you to create a food allergy management plan of some kind (some call it a "health plan"), including measures to avoid allergens and the emergency treatment protocol signed by her doctor.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited July 31, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:10am
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Hi. I am really not sure. I dont think so, but I am no expert. There are a lot of helpful people here that I know can help you further so hang tight, you will get a true answer. Sorry I am not much help!
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 6)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 01/16/2006 - 9:09am
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Here's a great link that will give you some great information on what a 504 plan is. Hope it helps you!
[url="http://www.access4allergickids.com/Section_504"]www.access4allergickids.com/Section_504[/url]
Tracy

Posted on: Mon, 01/16/2006 - 11:16pm
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Try searching the Board. That is how I found all the information I could handle. There are many sample 504 plans and letters.

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 2:01am
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[url="http://www.allergysupport.org"]www.allergysupport.org[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 9:08pm
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Most of our approved and implemented 504's are posted under this board, at least from Kindergarten to Second Grade. Not sure if I put the 3rd grade one up yet.
If you do a search on my user name under the Schools board, it should bring them up.

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:47pm
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Public schools are required to have a 504 coordinator. Check with your child's school and if they don't have one, go to the superintendents office. They should be able to put you in touch. The process. I wrote my own. With minor tweaks they accepted it. There are many examples of them on this site and on the internet if you need help getting started.
Mine contained things like (and I"m paraphrasing):
Myself, husband or approved 'representative' will be allowed to go on all field trips.
Peanut-free table will be washed with a solution and a peanut-free sponge (e.g. that will be kept safely somewhere and not used to wipe down other tables thereby spreading PB to the peanut free one. This can happen. Happened to an acquaintance of mine. No urban legend)
We had the ability to drive/pick up kids from school so we said we would do that so the school wouldn't have to provide accomodations on the bus. Sort of our way of giving back.
Wipes will be kept outside the classroom door and all persons entering for any reason must wash hands.
Letter will be sent home with general information on peanut allergies and the school's growing concern for them and while not asking to be peanut-free, alerting parents to fact that *requests* may be made at certain times to refrain from sending in PB
Letter will be sent home to DD's classroom parents letting them know of the peanut-free classroom. They were smart enough to say in the letter that if they thought this was going to be a hardship, to let the school know and they would do what they could. Never had anyone complained.
A statement of who would carry epi-pens
A statement of how the peanut-allergy table would be handled (so she wasn't alone). Turned out they had two tables end to end, both washed same way, she was at one end. All PB at the other end so she stayed with her class.
A statement that the DD's teacher would be hand-picked every year such that it was someone who was willing to take on this extra effort (and open up early communication with them!)
A statement that we would be notified at least a day in advance of celebrations. If cupcakes are brought in for a birthday, we let in 'may contain' figuring that as long as she didn't eat it or touch AND kids were provided wipes to eat after the snack, the risk was so very low of contamination. The notification was to let us bring in something smiilar but safe. 'Parties' on the other hand, had to be free from cross-contamination.
A line stating that DD would be registered 911 so that when given her name in an emergency situation, they would already know to make sure the ambulance had an epi-pen on it. This is good too becuase they get your home address. If you call 911, this info automatically pops up.
Remember this is a living/breathing document that you can change as your DD's needs changed. Once DD got into 5th grade, I remember changing her because she was just growing up and things didn't really apply any longer.
If you have any questions or would like to see our exact 504, let me know. I can send it to you. I think we just came across it again.
So anyway, you just bring in your plan and sit with the 504 coordinator. It was very informal for us. We redline, retype, all sign and it was a done deal.
HTH

Posted on: Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:32pm
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Our 504 also prohibited the use of products that contained or may contain peanuts as instructional aids or rewards. For rewards, the "may contain" could be relaxed if alternative safe options were available.
@grownuplaurenmom: How do you register with 911?

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:06am
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Thanks for the reply.
I went to my daughters open house at school today and know im even more stressed!! Not sure how to handle this. Her teacher said that they have a mid morning snack in the classroom that they bring in themselves. When i asked her if it would be pn free she said they do not request parents to not send that stuff in. So not pn free classroom. She said if someone had a pn snack that they would sit them at a different table. She cleans the tables everyday.This is kindergarden. They have a pn free table in the cafeteria.
So i decided to go have a chat with the principal who is new this year. He said that he would have to know how severe her reaction would be, ie if she reacts with contact or air bourne and / or injestion and how severe this reaction would be. And have her allergist write them telling them how severe her reaction would be. Offcourse i told him that we really do not know how severe it is b/c she has never been exposed that way,the first time i gave her pn butter she spit it out. She never actually swallowed it. She broke out with a red face and neck with tiny little hives. I gave her benadryl which cleared it. And one other time i had a bit of pn butter one day and later kissed her on the cheek later not thinking and she got a big red hive in that spot. Wouldnt that be a severe enough reaction?
And plus isn't it possible that reactions can change from mild to severe over time with different episodes?? At least thats what i always thought. I tried to tell this guy that and he basically wants the same thing, a letter from the doctor stating how severe her reaction is. How can anyone including the doctor predict that??? Am i right. This is the doctor that believes that b/c hives and redness was her first reaction, that will be her only reaction. I do not agree b/c she never swallowed it. So i don't know if he will support me in saying it is severe enough to keep pn products out of the classroom. Im going to call him tommorrow and find out.
Also when i asked the principal about her epi pens he said they keep it in the office looked up. Ok so if they are allowing pn in classroom and she has a reaction they have to run down two long hallways to the office, unlock it and run back. That makes no sense. I asked him why the teacher cant have it in the classroom?? He said b/c it could danger the other kids! What? Wouldn't the teacher know to keep it away from the other kids??? Im so frustrated right now!!! Why dont people get it??? He seemed more concerned about the other students.
Last year she was in pre k 3 hours a day and i never had a issue. The teacher was awesome! No pn products in the classroom. I would give her the epi pen when i dropped her off and she would give it back when i picked her up..it was kept in her classroom. I assumed it would be the same way in all the classrooms in that school. I guess i was way wrong! If the doctor doesn't support me in this then what do i do?? I am going to email the super intendent too.
Any advice?? I still don't really understand what a 504 plan is. What is it? What doez it do?And how do i go about getting one? Does it mean i can request all these things for her? And they have to follow it? Thanks..sorry so long

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:48am
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These are NOT reasonable accomodations. Your rights are being violated!
Mind if I send you an instant message?

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:51pm
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You are a commited parent climbing a steep learning curve. As a parent who has been dealt the whole deck of acronyms, I can understand that it is overwhelming. I was right there with you in 2001 when I started my journey.
If the allergy is your primary concern and not any other learning differences, start with the 504 Plan. The 504 comes under Federal Law and guarantees access to a free and public education (FAPE). Traditionally, this has been thought of when a school or public (taypayer funded) building adds a ramp to their entrance. A child restricted to a wheel chair cannot climb steps and would be denied ACCESS to the school and education because of their disability.
Over the years, 504 has expanded to include not just access to the building but access to the education. For a children with peanut allergies, the presence of open peanuts would deny them access to the classroom and the education offered. A peanut allergy interferes with a life process -eating. Therefore, the school must make accomodations not just for the education but the food service.
How to get a 504 plan?
1) Sit down with your doctor and complete the form found at http://www.foodallergy.org/document.doc?id=234
This will establish a medical need and the impact on a life activity (eating, breathing, ...)
2) Here are the steps with links to supporting documents
http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy/section-504-plans
3)GrownupLaurenMom here also gives excellent advice on what goes inside. 507 Posts on the other "Why NOT ... 504" thread you posted on, no wonder you are overwhelmed! The first post on the "Why Not ... 504" discussion give excellent advice on what should be in a 504.
The 504 is not a magic bullet. If the wheelchair bound child has a class upstairs, the school is not required to install an elevator, they may move the classroom to a more accessible space. The enitire building doesn't need to be accessible only the education. Likewise, if you need a peanut free eating space, they are not required to make the cafeteria peanut free. They can set aside a table (use & care outlined by 504), a corner of the table, or even banishment to an school office for lunch. All those meet the letter of the law that assures ACCESS. ACCESS does not equal INCLUSION.
[I posted this in both threads, but you have more comments here so I will look back here to follow up. It is also much shorter :-) so easier to find your updates.]

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:11am
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About the reaction, has your daughter done a skin test or had any blood work done at the doctor's office? Only a doctor's office skin challenge, blood work and oral challenge can give "proof."
Without measurable results (Mothers don't like hives, but the principal didn't see them or deal with the itchy-scratchy child). Your principal and doctor may feel it is "oral allergy syndrome" which is not as serious as anaphylaxis. For more information visit http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/oral-allergy-syndrome-foods
OAS can be a precursor to the more severe allergy, so you are correct. It is best to be prepared and have an EPI pen handy at all times.
My daughter had similar symptoms in pre-school. So, we did a skin challenge. She reacted so fast, that the doctor felt it would be unethical to do an oral challenge. He was relieved we had met in an office visit and not post ER! What a blessing, not a hypermom, but a vigilant mother.
A year later we did bloodwork that detected significant antibodies to peanuts in her system. With recent bloodwork (https://uknowpeanut.com/) we hoped to narrow down the specific proteins she would react to - she obviously thought she needed to keep her straight A average and "earned" a 100% reactive and a place in the "Severe" hall of fame.
You are a vigilant mother. You will see the doctor, schedule the tests and discuss the findings with him. In the midst of all the back to school prep, most Kindergarten moms are not dealing with this too. This weekend, along with binders, folders and pens we renewed the EPI pen for the School's kit. On the first day of school, we delivered.

Posted on: Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:29am
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Hi There,
Just a comment: One thing that struck me that in the post is that the school is locking up the medicine! They shouldn't ! It is meant to administered in an emergency situation and should be readily available..... What if the the key isn't there... what if the key is lost? It is not like other medication and I would also have the Dr. address this! While most meds have to be locked this is an exception and is written into the guidelines for our school.
good luck..

Posted on: Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:42am
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I can only say from our journey and what we learned. The only way you can hold the school accountable for her safety is with a 504. It is also an opportunity to set expectations on both sides as to how emergency's are to handled. My daughter is about to be 21 and we had a 504 every year. It changed through the years. By 10th grade it was more about what she was going to do when presented with dangerous events. Our plan gave her the ability to leave ANY situation and go dirrectly to the nurses office. She only had to tell the closest person and leave. She also learned to advocate for herself and it was crucial in her learning to stand up to any adult when she was in danger. That has served her well in college and at work.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Not all oils are created equal. Some oils are high in saturated fats or in trans-fatty acids – not good for general health. Some are partially...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

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What is a peanut allergy? It is a reaction that occurs in the body after eating peanuts or peanut...

For those with severe food allergies, flying can be a stressful process. Here are...

Approximately one out of 13 children under age 18 are allergic to at least one food, though many of them will outgrow their allergy by the age of...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

The reason why some people are affected by allergies while others are not begins in their genes. Allergies are passed down from generation to...

Here’s a tip that might someday save your life, or that of a loved one: two to four times a year, review the proper way to use your epinephrine...

Lactose intolerance is the inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk, caused by the lack of a needed enzyme. Those with lactose...

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

An important part of peanut allergy awareness was enacted on January 1, 2006...

Tomato allergies are very rare. They are a "type 1 allergy," which means a contact allergy. When a person with this type of allergy touches a...

Milk allergies are becoming more common, especially in babies and small children. There is some confusion about what is an allergic reaction and...

Recognizing food allergy in babies or toddlers is not always easy, but there are specific risk factors and signs that parents and other caregivers...

Burlap bags are often used to store and ship coffee beans, potatoes, rice, seeds, nuts, and peanuts. They can be one of the disguised...

People with pollen allergies need to stay away from some foods. If you have allergic rhinitis in the spring or fall, you may not realize that you...

Of course, everyone knows that if you have a peanut allergy that you should avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cookies and foods that...

Eating at a nut-free lunch table in school is a safety precaution that causes some students to feel isolated from their peers. Unfortunately,...