NJ desire for 504 being questioned

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 10:39am
mamagaona's picture
Joined: 12/29/2000 - 09:00

pOK folks, I need your help again. I requested a 504 for Rebecca, age 6, in 1st grade. The principal is who I needed to contact. I sent the note from the Allergist and was waiting for the meeting date. Her classroom teacher is leaving for maternity leave in March so time is getting tight. I sent a note to P asking about it and she said the district was coming up with a policy. I assumed it had to do with peanuts, but it seems it may have to do with the Epi-pen. Right now the nurse has access and otherwise they will call 911. I am not comfortable with this at all. When I spoke with the nurse earlier, who is a wonderful school nurse, she told me she didn't think Rebecca qualified for the 504.br /
Mind you all, I am a HS Special Ed teacher! If this were a learning disability I'd be like a pig in mud, but 504's are a different ball game.br /
Any suggestions would be welcome.br /

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 1:45pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Hi Arlene,
I am by no means an expert of this, but I was actually just told by Leah's principal, today, that I do need a 504 plan for her! I was surprised, as I thought parents ususally end up pushing for this. I have been looking through FAN's (O.K. - FAAN's) "school food allergy program", and there is a large section on legal issues. They make it quite clear that life threatening food allergies do fall under section 504. This is apparently federal law, so the information will definitely apply in New Jersey. FAN was making these programs available free of charge; I would advise you to check and see if they still have them available. This is the program that I am planning to use to get everyone on board; I am impressed with it. Good luck,

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2001 - 2:33pm
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

If you requested a 504 hearing, the school has to comply. It is part of the law. At the meeting they can deny eligibility and then you may have to fight but they can not deny the hearing. Every district has to have a 504 representative find out whose yours is. There is plenty of info. available to show how a child qualifies for 504. I find many school principals are just not familiar with all the aspects of the 504. Many are not aware that a meeting has to take place if requested. I would try to follow up on that angle.

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 9:58am
WoozerMom's picture
Joined: 12/28/2000 - 09:00

After spending many years in my adult life as a teacher, I don't think I would accept the principal's putting you off. You are entitled to have this done, and it needs to be done.
I finally got to the point in dealing with our school system as a parent that I just went to the next person in the food chain. In this case, I just might have called the Superintendent's office.
If you have ever read the book, The Peter Principle, you would know why I got disgusted with administrators.
I will admit that this approach does not always make one a lot of friends, but they do start heeding your wishes and answering your questions. Keeping your eye on the prize (in this case a 504) is the most important thing.

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2001 - 9:01am
mamagaona's picture
Joined: 12/29/2000 - 09:00

Thank you all for your support and suggestions. As of this Friday I was put in touch, by the Principal, with the woman in charge of the Epi-pen policy. We are still trying to figure out who should be responsible when the nurse is not there.
Maybe the Administrators?
Anyway, I am sending her an envelope with my school district's policy as well as lots of info from all these wonderful sites you folks have suggested.
Now to the 504. It seems like this is forgotten, SO I made up 4 pages of documentation from other 504's and am sending it to her tomorrow. I don't think she realizes a 504 is more than the administration of an Epi.

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2001 - 12:03pm
supermom1023's picture
Joined: 01/12/2001 - 09:00

Can someone please tell me what the 504 is and if it applies to homeschool organizations or girl scouts?

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 12:06am
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

Supermom; I don't recall informaiton about homeschool organizations or girlscouts but I bookmarked this site regarding the differences between Sectoin 504 & IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act):
Here is another link where you can find alot of information regarding Section 504 and the legal rights of our children.
You can use the search or browse the site:
Hope you find what you're looking for.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 2:48pm
supermom1023's picture
Joined: 01/12/2001 - 09:00

Diane, thanks for the info. I don't have time to dig very deep into it tonight but I will get to it as soon as I enough time and some peace and quiet. I might not ever get to read it if I wait for that to happen!

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