My son was diagnosed having a nut allergy when he was 1. He is almost 7 and is entering 1st grade. My original plan was to homeschool him because it seemed the easier way to deal with the peanut/nuts allergy. After having a few more kids and realizing the demand for my time was very limited I decided to try public school. His Kindergarten year went okay. I was able to volunteer alot in the classroom and since he only went part-time, lunch wasn't an issue. This year he will be eating in the cafeteria, and playing on the big kids playground and I'm stressing. In June of this year I met another family with a child with a peanut allergy and she told me about the basics of a 504 plan. I have read alot of different threads on this website and I'm still way confused. At one point I thought I was supposed to prepare the 504 plan on my own and then have the school district sign off on it. Then I read that you are supposed to print an outline of the 504 plan you want and take it to the school district. My husband has been reading and he thinks that we should take it to the principal first. I really don't want to take it to her for a couple of reasons. 1. At the end of last year the Kindergarteners ate lunch in the cafeteria one day to get them used to what it would be like. When my son's teacher asked the principal where Logan would be sitting due to the peanut allergy, she replied I don't know and I don't care. 2. I feel if we don't know what we are talking about when we confront her she will mow us down with laws, etc.
Please help me. Where do we start?
On Aug 10, 2007
Hi & welcome.
Really quickly -- read all you can in the Schools section of this board. I will try to re-raise a couple of good starting points. Lots of great info there & you will begin to feel more empowered as you read & begin to figure it all out.
Bottom line, the LAW is on the PA child's side. PA is covered under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and so, therefore, the rights of the child with PA are to be protected.
I will head to Schools to re-raise a couple threads right now. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
------------------ ~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth, Mother to 2: DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes? (PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999) Member here since 2000