NEED HELP WITH SCHOOL AND 504 PLAN

Posted on: Wed, 08/21/2002 - 6:03am
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pPlease help me understand exactly what rights a 504 Plan gives a student in school. I thought I had the issue of a peanut free classroom resolved, but today when the principal showed me the letter to go home to parents, I realized that she had stated that peanut and peanut products were allowed in the classroom, but that there would be a peanut free area in the classroom! We all know that in an area as small as a classroom, this just won't work for the severely (smell,touch) allergic. She said she had decided this in Matthew's best interest so that he would not be singled out or resented by the other children. I think it was more to protect her interest with the parents than anything to do with the children! I left and told her I would think about this, knowing fully well that I would have to get the allergist and the nurse involved again. You see, the allergist office discussed the situation fully with the school nurse, along with writing a very strong letter which stated that strict avoidance was necessary. When I contacted the nurse, she said she had no idea that the principal would change the course of action. To make a long story short, we have an ARD meeting tomorrow (my son also has a language disorder) and I want to invoke my 504 rights if necessary. I think that Matthew qualifies under both the language disorder and the peanut allergy. Again, my question is - what exactly does the 504 qualify my son for? Would we have the right to insist that the principal make the classroom peanut free? Thanks for all your help./p

Posted on: Wed, 08/21/2002 - 8:12am
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Hi Debbie! It's been a while since I've seen you on the boards (I check in occasionally, but haven't posted in a while; seems like every start-of-school season I'm more focused on checking in).
We are in the process of implementing a 504 for Jordyn this year (she is entering Jr. High - yikes!). We have a meeting scheduled for this Friday morning. In the preceeding weeks I've been trying to get as much info together as possible. I did a search on this site for "504 plans" and there are alot of threads about it. Some are people's posted plans, and some are just basic info. I did glean alot from them. Also, I found a template/outline for a 504 along with some basic "how does 504 apply to a child with food allergies" and what protection it offers at [url="http://www.allergysupport.org"]http://www.allergysupport.org[/url]
Hope all goes well for you!
Kristi

Posted on: Wed, 08/21/2002 - 10:22am
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Kristi,
Thanks so much for this great link! It appears that Matthew falls under the IDEA for the language disability to begin with. Of course, no one at school has mentioned any of this to me. However, we are to have a meeting tomorrow with the educational diagnostician, the principal, nurse, and Matthew's teacher to discuss the language disability so maybe this will be brought up. And yes, it has been a while since I posted on the boards. As I mentioned to Connie, I had sort of reached a comfort level with tbe allergy before the school issue came up. But, this site does have a wealth of information and I surely appreciate everything it has done for us and all the many fine people who contribute to the site. Also,kudos to Chris for starting it.
Hope all is going well with you all this year. Take care.

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