next year\'s 504, but no teacher in place?

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 11:35pm
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We moved here two days before school started (kindergarten) and had to sort of "wing it" until an official 504 plan was in place. It was less than ideal to say the least.

Knowing this, we've planned all along to make sure the 504 plan for next year is in place BEFORE school ends. The prinicpal was on board with this.

However, May 1st was the deadline for current teachers to declare whether or not they would be there next year and apparently two are moving. Two of the three first grade classrooms do not currently have teachers in place.

The third teacher is the one that we've all readily agreed would not be conducive for Matthew. She's very scattered, spur of the moment, and is in general, very unorganized. The principal has told us she is a wonderful teacher, very creative, etc...but the structure and routine needed to make a classroom/lessons peanut free would really be difficult in her room.

So, what would you all do now? I think the teacher should be/has to be a part of the 504 committee, but we also can't wait until the week school starts to do this. What would you say we should reasonably expect now? We've been told they can't "make" a teacher come in during the summer for 504 meetings so it feels like it's either now, or wait until school starts.

What would you all ask for/expect now? Suggestions wanted!

Maddy
Matthew, 5 and PA
Nathan 14 mos and dairy allergy

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 11:54pm
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The teacher really isn't part of making any decisions for a 504, that is whoever the coordinator is (usually the principal), we also had the nurse there and someone from the superintendent's office. When I redid his plan this year, it was just me and the principal. The teacher is going to change every year, and the 504 should remain constant, so it shouldn't matter who the teacher is, KWIM?
I would say, get your 504 in place ASAP. Don't wait. It is the principal's job to go over the 504 with the teacher. If it is in your 504 that the class is nut free, the teacher will be instructed to follow whatever is in the 504. I do think it is important to meet woth the teacher either right before school starts or the first day or two after to personally go over your expectations and to make sure she fully understands the 504 to your comfort, but as far as the teacher being a part of the process in making up the actual 504, I can't see it being necessary.
We had a brand new teacher when ds started kindergarten, she wasn't hired until late August - we went over the 504, she took a million notes, and she was wonderful all year [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 05/04/2007 - 3:13am
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through all our 504 meetings this spring, next years teacher was not included because we won't know who she is until the weekend before school starts. That is why the 504 team meets again, with the new teacher, rigth at the beginning of school. The new teacher is given the 504 by the principal prior to school starting, so she will know what to expect and such, then we will meet(hoepfully the first couple of days) to go over any revisions as needed in the new grade/class. This will be done every year....
I don't think know ing who next years teacher is now is an issue, most don't know, most principals don't even know....so everything is handled the week or 2 prior to school starting. I think getting the 504 done now is important, so it is ready for next fall, but the teacher(as each year goes along) will be informed of it right before school starts anyways....isn't this how it's normally done?? Good luck!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
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)

Posted on: Fri, 05/04/2007 - 3:31am
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In our district the teachers' classroom assignments are not made until the summer, so we will not have his teacher present at the meeting.

Posted on: Fri, 05/04/2007 - 6:38am
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Ok great! I was under the impression that many here put a plan in place the year before (and with the teacher involved). I guess it would be nice if it happened that way, but obviously it's not the norm.
Thanks again!
Maddy

Posted on: Fri, 05/04/2007 - 6:55am
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I think one of the real benefits of a 504 is that it's not dependent on the teacher. We've not had a 504, just school agreed upon compliance to what's basically a 504 outline. Until this year it's been dandy.
But what's stressful is that we don't know who DS' teacher is until a few weeks before school starts. The teachers arrive a week or so before school starts, and then the nurse is always out for a meeting for a few days. By the time we can get everyone together every year, it's the first or second day of school sometimes. It's so stressful!
And then we're rushing through everything.
I've decided that we'll have a 504 from here on out. We're moving, so I can't start that until next year basically. But I did talk with our school nurse last week after I learned of a plan for PB to be in a classroom DS has, and the nurse was unaware of it and livid. I said, that it would just be easier for us and for the school to have everything laid out and agreed upon. She wasn't offended--and she has been so fabulous I wouldn't expect her to be.
But to me, the fact that a 504 is an agreement with the school and not the teacher is it's strength--that and a few other tihngs.

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