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Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 2:10pm
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Re-raising for Shawn...Hope this helps, It answered alot of my preliminary questions!

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 1:19pm
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Okay guys it here, January! I am drafting an initial email to the principal of the school Cameron will be starting for the very first time [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ! Oh how I dread this, and would love to put it off. Anyway, this is what I wrote and would love any editing and adding anyone can do.
I know alot of you have all been there and done this, so any help would be greatly appreciated..
Thanks Lana
Dear Mr. X,
My name is Lana Logan and my son, Cameron, will be entering school for the first time in the fall. The reason I am contacting you in advance is because he has a severe food allergy and would like to meet with you and/or the Section 504 Coordinator. I realize this is only January, but with the severity of his allergy felt it would be beneficial for the school and us to meet early on to discuss his enrollment and safety issues.
Please feel free to contact me by email at: [email]lanalogan@hotmail.com[/email] or if you prefer you may contact me by mail or telephone at the following number or address.
I appreciate your time and look forward to meeting with you.
Sincerely,
Lana Logan

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 10:56pm
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Terrific letter Lana. When you go in for your meeting, be sure to know exactly what you want. Don't frame it as a list of demands; feel them out first by asking them if they've dealt with this before and if so, how. Then "brainstorm" with them (even though *your* brain has been stormin' for ages already!).
Best of luck, and let us know how it goes.
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 7:26am
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Amy,
Thanks for your input....I have another question for you guys...
When I go in for the very first meeting is this when I bring in things that I want done, or is this to discuss issues and then another meeting closer to enrollment time is when I give them a list? I realize every district is different, but just want to know what I need to do to prepare for my first meeting. i've already printed Rhondas outline (and it is wonderful). This was wonderful, and has added alot of things I didn't think of. If someone could let me know what to expect my first meeting and what I need to bring w/me to be prepared and organized.
Thanks again! Lana

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 10:20pm
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Our first contact was a phone call - it was then that I found out the principal had never dealt with PA before.
Our first face-to-face meeting was with the principal, and it was a basic intro to PA and our son's allergy. I took the test results with us as "proof". After the general discussion, we set up another meeting with the principal to look over our 'requests'. (Also, at our first meeting, we asked lots of questions about the school - access to bathrooms, access to medication, the nurse's schedule, etc. That was VERY helpful.)
At the 'requests' meeting, we went over everything one at a time; he agreed with it all and even pointed out some things I hadn't thought of!! Believe it or not!! Then we set up a meeting with the K teachers.
After that came two meetings with the whole faculty/staff - general information, then specific information pertaining to our son.
We signed the 504 at the start of the school year.
This all took place over a span of 6 months - well, the phone call happened a year ahead of time.
My two cents - keep it relaxed, not demanding. Request first, and see how that goes. It's worked fine for us - we couldn't be happier with the way things have gone.
[This message has been edited by Lam (edited January 16, 2003).]
[This message has been edited by Lam (edited January 16, 2003).]

Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 1:13pm
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Lam,
Thanks for your reply, atleast now I know what to expect for the first meeting. Sounds as though it's the "feel them out" time and will help me in determing what I need in my 504 and how cooperative they seem to be.
Thanks guys, if anyone else has any input on the letter or otherwise please still reply, I'm going to send the letter for him to receive on Tues.
Alot of my "unknown" fears will be accomplished once I meet w/them and see how they are going to respond (or atleast I hope so)
Thanks again,
Lana

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 2:54pm
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Just re-raising to get last inputs regarding the letter, will be finishing and sending it Mon. night.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2003 - 5:02am
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Good News!
Or atleast I'm hopeful! I emailed the above letter last night, and the principal called me just after lunch to tell me that he is so glad that I contacted him and that he will be talking with the Student Service Specialist and the V. Principal to set up an appointment with all four of us to discuss this further.
By the way he sounded, and the fact that he contacted me so quickly, I'm feeling that he will be taking this seriously...
I pray my excitement isn't premature! Just wanted to share what may be really good news.
Thanks guys!
Lana
[This message has been edited by Cam's Mom (edited January 21, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2003 - 6:35am
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My son will be entering elementary school in September 2004. I thought I would approach the school this September - a year in advance. I just heard from the principal who would prefer I meet with him and the nurse this spring. Oye!

Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2003 - 7:46am
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That's great, Lana!
I hope you have as wonderful an experience as we have had.
Good luck!

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