Anyone have a 504 plan for HIGH SCHOOL ?

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Mariah has another 1.5 years in Middle School, but I'm meeting next week with our 504 team to begin looking at the high school environment. Does anyone have a plan for 9th grade (and on) that you can share here?

On Jan 9, 2007

I know you know my son is past high school age but I'll tell you he never had a 504. I tried to get the high school to let me talk to them but they were a very small private high school and the director felt it best I send a letter to each teacher. It worked out fine but that was because it was so small. Good luck Gail. Peg

On Jan 9, 2007

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On Jan 9, 2007

Gail W., this might be of no help at all since I'm Canadian. I know that when Jesse started school, I was scared to death (not that I'm still not) for the time he entered high school. School board policy pretty well covered anaphylaxis up until Grade 8 (so elementary and middle school). But nothing was in place for high school at all.

However, now, with Sabrina's Law, it covers high school as well and I'm wondering if there would be anything in it that might be helpful.

I know that with Jess' written school plan, which adheres to school board policy, I was able to have several things implemented similar to having a 504 Plan, except that it was not legally binding. It will be something that I will have to explore in a little while myself, but just a thought about what's in Sabrina's Law (if anything) that *might* be helpful.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 10, 2007

Jana R. has a son who is either in high school or already graduated high school. Maybe her email address is in her profile. I think he is also milk allergic, so their 504 may be different from what Mariah would need.

On Jan 11, 2007

Gail, I really wish we lived closer since it seems our lives and issues dovetail so frequently!

You read my mind. I've never had a 504 for DS because honestly, the schools have handled everything just fine without one. However, all that changes with high school and it's been weighing on me.

For example, DS has always brought his own lunch. That's my preference, even without PA. However, once they get to high school, taking lunch is totally stigmatizing. Not to mention impractical - if their locker is far from the cafeteria, the school is so spread out that they don't have time to get their lunch, eat and get to their next class, etc. So they really need to be able to eat the school lunch. That's going to have to be addressed.

Thinking beyond high school, if I want him to receive accommodations in college, it's easier if a 504 has been in place in high school. (We're finding this out with my LD elder son; he was declassified in 8th grade since he wasn't using any accommodations and he felt that being classified was very stigmatizing. Now we're thinking about getting him reclassified, so he can more readily take advantage of services in college - but that's a whole other thread!).

I'm actually hoping to attend a support group meeting tonight that is specifically geared towards teens. I'll be sure to bring up this issue and see what everyone has to say. I'll let you know.

Amy

On Jan 12, 2007

Thank you all for your wonderful responses. I've be busy dealing with some non-PA health issues, and it was so nice to return to find these repsonses. Thank you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Our HS is huge. Or at least it seems so to me, but perhaps not compared to others.

Nicole, I've love to get a copy. I'll contact you by e-mail. Thank you.

Cindy, thanks for your thoughts on Sabrina's law. I'll search that out and see if there is anything that I can use.

Carefulmom, I'd forgotten about Jana R. I'll definitely contact her. Thanks!

Amy, the 'school lunch thing' kicked in at Middle School here. <> But of all the isses that needed to be addressed, the school lunch program was probably one of the easier ones for me. So don't despair. And I totally hear you re: college accommodations. That was discussed during our Eligibility meeting. I could see wanting to keep open the option of living in a college apartment-style housing (verses a dorm) where Mariah could prepare her own food. That's only one example, but I'm sure there will be many more when we reach these issues. I'd be very interested in learning what you learned at your support group. Please keep me posted.

And re: LD, we keep getting hints that Mariah will eventually be 'exited' or 'declassified' since she is achieving in school. We're thinking that we might want her to keep her 'IDEA status' but with a 'no servces at this time' type of accommodation. Sorta putting it on hold but readily available if needed in th e future. (e.g. she may need high school or college text books on tape.) Could you do that? If your son had the classification without any services, I wouldn't think any of his peers would be aware.

On Jan 12, 2007

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I'd be very interested in learning what you learned at your support group. Please keep me posted.

[/bold] Not too much. I have the oldest child there, so nobody was really able to help on this particular topic.

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[b]And re: LD, we keep getting hints that Mariah will eventually be 'exited' or 'declassified' since she is achieving in school. We're thinking that we might want her to keep her 'IDEA status' but with a 'no servces at this time' type of accommodation. Sorta putting it on hold but readily available if needed in th e future. (e.g. she may need high school or college text books on tape.) Could you do that? If your son had the classification without any services, I wouldn't think any of his peers would be aware. [/b]

That's what we did for his last year of middle school, but for whatever reason [i]he[/i] knew he was still classified, and it bugged the heck out of him. Drove him totally around the bend. *Sigh*

Amy

On Jan 19, 2007

Hi there, I am new and just registered under "introductions", but that is why I am here too. High school. YOu all keep talking about 504's, did I miss the boat by not insisting early on? Who and where do I start with one, he goes to hs in August. He is soooooo sensitive about his allergy and asthma, I don't know what or how to handle this. He has to induce two epi-pens if he were to have an attack, one is not enough for him.

On Feb 2, 2007

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On Feb 5, 2007

athletemom -- I re-raised a thread about why NOT getting a 504 might do child disservice. It may help you some, as will many of the other threads in this Schools section about 504s & violations of 504s.

Anna -- were you able to get response? Keep trying -- Gail may not have seen this.

FWIW, we do not have a 504 (private school) but do have written instructions and understandings with school, staff, and teachers. Has it been perfect? No. Have we had any reaction due to school situation this year [first year ever in a school, 2nd grade, prior homeschooled]? NO! But, we have a very unusual & lucky coincidence in that DS's 2nd grade teacher is also PA.

When we likely move again this year & child goes to 3rd grade in public school, we will definitely have a 504 plan.

------------------ ~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth, Mother to 2: DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA DS age 8, PA, possible TNA (PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999) Member here since 2000

On Feb 5, 2007

If the person with the high school 504 plan reads this again, I would love for you to email me a copy also. High school is such a broader environment where we are especially because it is so big! He will come into contact way more frequently with people who may have no idea about his pa. Sure he is older and needs to be way more aware of his surroundings and environment and learn to speak up, but also I feel we need to take some kinds of precaution to do what we can to educate him. I am finding at my son's age level those with allergies (here anyway) tend to be way more tight lipped and just work it out themselves, so I (he) seem to be alone in this fight and looked at like "what makes you think you are so special and need such special treatment" or he is looked at like he should be segragated from others for their own fear of something happening and them being responsible.

If a 504 could help in some way, then we need to talk about getting one, also I am just wondering how others have handled the situation. For him, we are talking P.E., sports, sharing used equipment, and he is as bad as it gets, smell, touch, injestion, we have had bad anaphalatic (sp) to it all.

Thanks for the help and my email for anyone who could send me a copy of that 504 is [email]jkjohnson20@aol.com[/email].

Thanks!!!!

On Feb 5, 2007

Athletemom, I would contact Rhonda for advice. Can someone post Rhonda`s contact info---I never had to use her.

On Feb 7, 2007

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Originally posted by NicoleinNH: [b]I have a copy of a 504 for a girl who was entering 9th grade (obviously not my child, but my pediatrician gave me it to me after getting permission from the girl's parents and blacking out names, personal info, etc.--she gave it to me as an example). Let me know if you want it and I will email it to you.

Nicole[/b]

it seems many have interest in this plan. Would you mind posting it here, Nicole?

Thanks.

On Feb 7, 2007

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On Feb 7, 2007

I need to add one thing about LD classification.....

actually two things.....

first do your darnedest to keep the LD designation....the biggest problem we see on the college level is students who were declassified and have old documentation that we can't accept .... with the level of work changing at the college level... many students who did great in high school find that they DO need services in college and without current documentation they either have to get retested at the parents expense or they don't get services.... educational testing can cost over $1200 so my suggestion to you is to not let them declassify her.... the fact is that if you have a LD you have an LD you may learn to accommodate yourself in a known setting but the LD doesn't just disappear ..... Also when she is a senior in high school push to have her retested because there are several standardized tests that students in college may need to take.... GRE, Praxis.... depending on what state you live in that require that the educational testing data be less than 3 years old.... if that testing is 2 years old by the time she enters college... by the time she is a sophomore it is to old for ETS or the college testing service that runs the GRE and Praxis and Praxis 2 (for teachers).... if she decides that in a big room on a standardized test she might like a bit more time.....

the best thing that you can do is push to have her retain her eligibility status and have her retested as a senior in HS.... then provide that documentation to the college disability services office.... so if she ever decides that she does need accommodations on the college level...ie. extended test time, books on Mp3 (for slower readers) or in some cases like at my University, priority registration which allows students to choose their classes early .... she has that option....

just a thought from this Disabilities Services Counselor. P

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On Feb 7, 2007

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