Great Meeting

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2006 - 4:16am
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My pa ds and I met with the principal, his new 1st grade teacher and the director of the lunchroom who deals with the ordering of all the food, staff, etc.

Here is what is in place this year:

1. epi-belt worn by my son at all times
2. everyone washes their hands when the arrive at school, after lunch, after recess
3. safe snack list along with letter explaining only food from the list may be sent, birthday's included
4. teacher will inspect everyone's snack to make sure it is safe
5. teacher will be sitting at the table with the students while they are eating lunch
6. Ryan will have his own part of the table where only he will sit, along with anyone else that does not have peanutbutter
7. they will have a special bucket and towel they will only use on his table to sanitize before and after he eats, including the seat and under the table(made clear by the principal, his suggestion)
8. they are going to reorganize the order of his class eating lunch so they are first every day. His table will also be the closest to the door/principal's office
9. either myself or my mother will go on any field trips
10. any food item they use in class must be approved by me. teacher will use e-mail to communicate daily
11. in case of the need for epi-pen, the teacher to the right and left of Ryan's classroom will have knowledge on how to use the epi-pen and assist in any way they can. Also, his teacher from last year is right across the hall and she can assist too. A teacher two doors down will have 2 peanut allergic children in her kindergarten class this year, so she will also know how to use the epi-pen
12. he will be one of the last one's on the bus to school and one of the first one's off to come home
13. at the principal's request, Ryan will not dump any garbage in the cans in the lunchroom. All garbage that needs to be thrown away will be done in his classroom
14. also, a great 504 in place, updated to fit this year

I really fell good about this year and how willing everyone is to cooperate with my wishes.

Jan

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2006 - 11:36am
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Congratulations on what you have in place. Hope the school year goes well for you. Sounds like you have a very good school.
Can I ask if you have a big school or smaller school? (It seems like the smaller schools in small towns are generally more cooperative.)

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2006 - 9:46pm
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Yes, we have a small town/school. I think it is an advantage too. Our principal is also in charge of the 504's for the district, so that made it that much easier.
There are also two new students in K this year(Ryan will be in 1st grade this year), and the principal has thanked me a couple of times because of all of the information I have given him. Now he feels so much more confident about the new students and how to handle the parents questions.
Jan

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2006 - 11:55pm
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We have a huge district and a good 504 plan. School graduates over 500 a year. His el school is one of the smaller ones with probably an everage of 70 per grade level? DS is one of 4 in kindy with pnut/tn allergy! When I get a chance I'll post our 504 draft I got yesterday.
I agree a smaller el school has the option to be more flexible but just wanted to say a large district can handle PA too! And they are more likely to have dealt with it before.
Luvmyboys

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2006 - 1:28am
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I agree that a larger school district can be good too- sometimes just seems that when you actually know people before the big meetings that they are more likely to be cooperative and understanding because you already know them and have other connections.
We went from a small school (in a big district) into a much larger school and the big school couldn't be more uncooperative. Absolutely everything has been a battle since day one. Of course, alot has to do with staff too and whether they actually care about kids or not.

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2006 - 11:36am
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Joined: 07/09/2000 - 09:00

Congratulations on what you have in place. Hope the school year goes well for you. Sounds like you have a very good school.
Can I ask if you have a big school or smaller school? (It seems like the smaller schools in small towns are generally more cooperative.)

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2006 - 9:46pm
seanmn's picture
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Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

Yes, we have a small town/school. I think it is an advantage too. Our principal is also in charge of the 504's for the district, so that made it that much easier.
There are also two new students in K this year(Ryan will be in 1st grade this year), and the principal has thanked me a couple of times because of all of the information I have given him. Now he feels so much more confident about the new students and how to handle the parents questions.
Jan

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2006 - 11:55pm
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We have a huge district and a good 504 plan. School graduates over 500 a year. His el school is one of the smaller ones with probably an everage of 70 per grade level? DS is one of 4 in kindy with pnut/tn allergy! When I get a chance I'll post our 504 draft I got yesterday.
I agree a smaller el school has the option to be more flexible but just wanted to say a large district can handle PA too! And they are more likely to have dealt with it before.
Luvmyboys

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2006 - 1:28am
Jenna's picture
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Joined: 07/09/2000 - 09:00

I agree that a larger school district can be good too- sometimes just seems that when you actually know people before the big meetings that they are more likely to be cooperative and understanding because you already know them and have other connections.
We went from a small school (in a big district) into a much larger school and the big school couldn't be more uncooperative. Absolutely everything has been a battle since day one. Of course, alot has to do with staff too and whether they actually care about kids or not.

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