How early do you request 504 meeting?

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 12:14am
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I'm reading the 504 posts to learn all I can- how early do you request the eligibility meeting/start the 504 process formally. From what I understand you need to contact the 504 coordinator- but I'm not sure how early this should be done. DD is not scheduled for kindergarten till Fall of 2008. Just can't imagine they are going to be very receptive when we are a year and a half away? Thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 12:25am
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you can start collecting your letters from the doctor and stuff now, but I woudln't really contact the school until about this time next year(right???). I started my request in Jan(contacted the school, after I had my letter from the doc) and I had my eligibility meeting about 3 weeks later(edit...my son is currently in kindergarten is why I started it now), then tomorrow is my 504 meeting(so about 2 weeks after that). This is for this year but a majority of it I wanted in place for next year. I figure starting it now will help me get a few accomadations going, get the school used to it(tweak what needs to be tweaked) but my main focus is next fall they better have their ducks in a row.
I am very new to this, so my advice may be way off...I am just suggesting based on my own time-line, it went fairly quick once I was prepared. So based on how it went with my 6yr old..my almost 4yr old will start K in 2008, I will start his process about this time next year(Feb-ish)...but I will start gathering his info over the summer/fall so I am ready to go in the spring. Good luck!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
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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)
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Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 12:30am
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I would not approach the school until you have everything you need one your end. I wrote my doctors' letters the way I wanted them worded and the doctor copied it onto their letterhead or retyped it and signed it. I had orders from both his ped and his allergist.
It is also important to be very educated on the subject. Actually read the law, read the info from the us dept of ed, know your facts and your rights. This will give you confidence if they say no to keep fighting.
Figure out what you want and what is best for your child and go get it.
You are right, I think they will not take you seriously this early in the game so it gives you plenty of time to get ready.
good luck.

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