Need Stats to Help with Section 504

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2007 - 12:06am
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I would greatly appreciate statistics & their documented sources on peanut/tree-nut reactions (especially in a high school setting). My allergy doc. did give me a letter documenting my dd's allergies justifying the need for a 504 plan and simple guidelines outlining responsibilities of the school/parent/child from the Food Allergy Network. The district, however, has already told me it will be difficult to get permission for her to carry a cell phone (because they are banned due to some students using them to stay in touch with drug dealers & selling drugs on campus....even though hers would be an inexpensive Tracfone left turned off...for emerg. use only...And no meds. allowed to be carried on campus. A guidance counselor told me that lots of students have them on campus, however.

When I told the 504 rep. that it is likely more students die each year from food allergies at school than shootings, her eyes widen...That kind of info. brings a perspective they can understand.

I was told they would try to have a 504 meeting before school started (but couldn't promise anything) since the teachers come back on Aug. 14...and school starts Aug. 20..and they have other meetings to attend. Several weeks ago I was told it would be handled in about a week!

Any documented sources would be appreciated...

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2007 - 1:51am
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Check here for information on the right to carry emergency medication at school.
[url="https://www.aanma.org/cityhall/ch_childrights.htm"]https://www.aanma.org/cityhall/ch_childrights.htm[/url]
As far as the cell phone ban goes, that is the whole point of having a 504--exceptions can be made to the cell phone ban for students who have a medical need to have the cell phone. Point out that part of your job as a parent is to help your child learn to manage her allergy. Any adult with a life-threatening allergy should carry a cell phone at all times. You are trying to teach your daughter this important habit. The same goes for always having medication with her.
Cathy
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Mom to 8 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited August 09, 2007).]

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