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Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2008 - 1:23am
stephklem's picture
Joined: 02/03/2006 - 09:00

I guess I will cross that bridge if/when I come to it. At this point, I'm the 504 coordinator for the school, so if I recommend one, the principal will ok it. I suppose there is a chance that could change, but I don't think it is something I need to worry about right now.
As a side note, the attorneys that spoke to us did tell the assistant superintendent that the district is liable for the safety of the kids on the bus. That was a very big deal to all of us nurses because it was the one issue that was being ignored. I had concerns because the bus company refuses to allow/train their bus drivers to use epi pens. Yet the schools weren't doing anything to accomodate the students. He made it clear to the asst. super that we needed to do something. So, we are in the process of hiring aides who will ride the bus. I personally think it's ridiculous. The bus drivers should know how to use an epipen, just as they should know first aid and cpr. It seems like a colossal waste of money when there is a capable adult already on the bus to have to hire an aide. But unfortunately, the district can't force the bus company, so we will provide an aide. Hopefully, with time, this will change.

Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2008 - 2:11am
stephklem's picture
Joined: 02/03/2006 - 09:00

This is what I got when I looked up Drummond and Woodsum, then investigated a little further.

Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2008 - 4:56am
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Joined: 05/12/2008 - 16:48

hello friends..I myself have just returned from a visit with my daughters school nurse. I was assured for 4 years that the school staff was well versed in the food allergy dept.Well, March 17 my daughter had an anaphylactic reaction in school. The teacher told her to sit back down and wait til she was finished talking before she could go to the office. My daughter like she has been taught respected the adults wishes and sat back down. After the teacher finished talking my daughter got up and told her "I need to go to the office now please". The teacher sent her to the office w/o epi-pen w/o any supervision. Needless to say the school I found out was not well versed in anything. Since my daughters reaction I have gatherd info for them. I have made a large binder with and epi-pen dvd/trainer.a FAAP the 72 page Mass. Ed guidelines for schools. I had a meeting with the principle and met a nice put on a smile attitude but you can tell by her actions that I have "ruined her day".
Keep this in mind... my daughters teacher has a peanut allergy!!! One week after my daughters anaphylactic reaction in class the teacher passes out a snack to the class that has a known "may contain peanuts" label. (this is what my DD is allergic to) The teacher passes this snack to all the kids who want it and tells my daughter you can't have this because it may contain peanuts. My daughter is 8 yrs old. Needless to say I had a long conversation with the teacher to only realize that she is totally ignorant and she herself has the allergy. Go figure. That taught me to feel safe and assume that a person with an allergy is compitant. Some of our conversation was her telling me that she would never put my childs safety at risk? WHAT..you just did! She informed me that the "may contain" and "processed in a plant...." are simply legal terms and she eats food with that label all the time. What planet is she on...I'm sure a small % of companies do it for the cover their but senario but they obviously put it their because the manufacture items with peanuts.
The nurse just called me up to go and visit her. She had my binder in hand and said that it was very helpful and she read a few things in there that she didn't even know. Our school only has a nurse 2 days a week and she just started. I told her all my issues and concerns. You even informed me that the staff had mant questions for her. She is implimenting some of my suggestions and was appauled by the lack of education the staff, particulary the teacher with a "peanut allergy" on food allergies and the severity of it!
Needless to say my daughters teacher hates me. She has bad attitude. Oh well too bad I have broad shoulders. Whan it comes to my daughters safety I don't care what people think of me.
Soo please my message is..if you have a child with a food allergy do not take the schools word that they have a plan in place. Ask to see it. Ask how they respond to reactions. Ask, ask, ask! It could save your childs life. Luckily my daughter is fine. But psychologically she is scared to go to school because even she knows they did not react appropriately.

Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2008 - 5:12am
michellerene's picture
Joined: 05/12/2008 - 16:48

sorry, that whole paragraph has a bunch of grammatical errors. I am so embarrased. I am just a bit emotional over this whole topic. It scares the living daylights out of me knowing what could of happened because I assumed the situation to be safe. As soon as I left the school and got in my car I cried. Since this whole incident most of the staff has been treating me differently. When they see me they turn away, My daughters teacher can't even look at me. You can tell just the sight of me makes her cringe. They tend to brush me off. It was never like this before. I can only hope they are not treating my daughter the same way. It was refreshing to see that the nurse is on my side. Thank God!

Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2008 - 12:19pm
cristym's picture
Joined: 11/19/2007 - 17:26

Michellerene - You have every right to be emotional over the entire situation...who cares about gramatical errors any ways? ;)
As far as your daughters teacher and the other staff that turns away from you. They are either in denial because they can not accept the fact that they put your daughter in jeopardy or they are embarassed to face you becuase they put your daughters life in jeopardy. It is there problem not yours, you should be proud of your self for standing up for your daughter. I am proud of you!

Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2008 - 12:24pm
michellerene's picture
Joined: 05/12/2008 - 16:48

thank you cristym for your support! I needed that on a day like today. Like I explained to the teacher; if we can get just one person to understand food allergies we have accomplished something great! Hopefully someday she'll get it!

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 1:35am
nutty1's picture
Joined: 02/24/2008 - 12:46

That is very scary, and I agree with cristyn (sp?) that the school is probably embarrassed by their lack of response to your childs reaction, as they should be! Do you have a 504 plan for her?

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 1:40am
michellerene's picture
Joined: 05/12/2008 - 16:48

No I don't have a 504 on her. I just found out that you need to apply for it. I just assumed my DD fell under it just by havivg a PA. I have read different opinions on this in this forum. Any suggestions?

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 3:48am
Krusty Krab's picture
Joined: 04/20/2007 - 09:00

Originally Posted By: michellereneNo I don't have a 504 on her. I just found out that you need to apply for it. I just assumed my DD fell under it just by havivg a PA. I have read different opinions on this in this forum. Any suggestions?
Just a note-there is no application for a 504 plan. You must ask for an [i]504 eligibility meeting[/i] where a team will consider whether your child is to be deemed as disabled according to section 504 standards. If they find your child eligible, then you move on to the accomodation phase, where you and the team decide what needs to be done in order to keep your child safe at school.
Begin studying everything about 504 and how it applies to life threatening food allergies.

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 9:46am
michellerene's picture
Joined: 05/12/2008 - 16:48

Thanks KrustyKrab, I will look into the 504. If you have any suggestions or pointers to give me..please feel free.


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