Proposed 504 plan and outcome

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 2:12pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Earlier this summer, I shared in various threads that we had encountered significant hurdles in working with the school to create a 504 for our son's entry into Kindergarten.



To continue the saga, we then escalated our concerns to the Asst. Superintendent of Special Ed. at the district level.

We found receptivity there, and had a meeting scheduled at district offices to begin to work through the issues (remember, we were in total trailblazing mode here).

In preparation for the meeting, my wife and I concluded that our proposal re:a school wide risk reduction policy (proposal in one of the earlier threads above) involving total elimination of peanuts/tree nuts probably was unachievable at this time. After lots of critical self-examination, we decided that we could live with a compromise strategy that involved elimination of peanuts/tree nuts for all of K.

With that in mind, we put together the proposed 504 plan listed below. Since we didn't have advance knowledge re:handling of snacks during in inclement weather, and handling of Birthday/Holiday celebrations, we put in placeholders that we hoped to discuss and resolve in the 504 meetings.



The purpose of this 504 Plan is to protect D from the life-threatening aspects of his severe allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. Although this 504 Plan appears lengthy, at its core, there are only 4 critical points:

1. D must not be exposed to peanuts or tree nuts, either through ingestion or physical contact;
2. Adults responsible for supervising D must be trained to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction;
3. An Emergency Medical Kit containing D

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 2:29pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

At the initial district meeting, the district put forth a 504 proposal, so we reviewed both theirs and ours to look for common ground. After 5-6 hours of meetings over several weeks, we finally have an agreement in principle re:the 504.
When we have a signed 504, I will post final language here, but some of the key points of the plan are:
- All 3 of the K classes (including K playground) will be peanut and tree-nut free.
- Handwashing upon entry to school, use of wipes after snacks (K doesn't eat lunch at school)
- Full time Health Asst. will shadow child, assist in ensuring handwashing takes place, clean surfaces prior to son's use
- School to implement campus wide-risk reduction practices (discourage bringing PN/TN products to school). School wide education introduced to educate all children about food allergies, including use of PAL program components.
- Letter to go out to all parents 1 week prior to school to explain new practices (signed by district rep. and principal). Additional letter to go to all K parents to explain practices needed to operationalize Peanut/Tree Nut free Kindergarten.
- Peanut/Tree Nut free zones established in common areas (like Multi-use room for assemblies, etc.). Appropriate signage...
- Commitment re:Foward Planning to start next year's 504 plan by mid-April, with completion no later than early June.
Lots to do between now and start of school next week, but we're feeling better about our circumstances now [img][/img]
If there was any shred of doubt in my mind about pursuing a formal 504, those doubts have been eliminated (despite the work involved getting the initial one in place)!
If there were one thing I could have done differently, I would have forced the issue with the school much earlier last year by sending the formal 504 request letter in the middle of the school year; would have saved us much heartache and logistical nightmares in having to accomplish so much during the summer.
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited January 29, 2005).]

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 11:13pm
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Thank you for taking the time to share all your hard work here. What an impressive and thorough job! This will be invaluable parents who are approaching the 504 process. It was very interesting to compare your documents with mine.
Thank you again,

Posted on: Wed, 08/27/2003 - 5:29am
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Thanks, Gail. I've appreciated your comments along the way [img][/img]
I've learned so much from these boards, so it's only makes sense to share our work as well, for the benefit of others.
More than ever, I am really understanding that getting your child into the school system in a safe manner is really a "journey". So, we have a good foundation now, and we'll ALL (school, teachers, district, parents, classmates, parents, etc.) learn together...
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited January 29, 2005).]

Posted on: Wed, 08/27/2003 - 6:33am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
I've learned so much from these boards, so it's only makes sense to share our work as well, for the benefit of others.
In *my* case, sharing my mistakes (at least in *my own personal and unique situation*) along the way. It gives new meaning to the idea of "making a potholder". Can't help but think of those little looms and nylon loops. [img][/img]
Thank you for sharing your journey.

Posted on: Wed, 08/27/2003 - 7:26am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

Gary, thanks so much for sharing!! We have been working on our 504 as our PA son enters Kindergarten next week. It is great to compare our work with yours and see if we have missed anything.
I like the details you have about birthday celebrations and also hand washing.
I have a question: why must your child use only the soap from home? This is something that I have thought about and I am not sure how to handle this. The teacher requests that parents send in extra liquid soap bottles for the kids to use throughout the year as they go through lots of soap, tissues and napkins in kindergarten. Do you recommend that my child use a certain kind of soap, and why?
Great job and thanks for sharing!
Best of Luck this year! [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 08/27/2003 - 7:45am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

Gary, just thought of another question regarding the mention of pesticide and its details.
Why are you concerned about pesticide aside from the normal chemicals that I try to avoid, does it also contain nuts??
Thanks again!

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 11:56am
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for your questions. Answers below:
Re: pesticides - our child is also asthmatic, and the school had previously warned us that they tend to spray heavily. No nut issues per se.
Re: parent provided soap - we wanted to simply make sure that our child uses a safe soap. Some soaps may not be safe, since they can contain almond oils, etc. Our school also does the commmunity thing of everyone bringing in soap to this gives us continuity and comfort that his soap is always safe.
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited June 05, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 1:18pm
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

I'm not sure if MDUSD has the same policy about pesticides as WCSD, but WCSD sent out a letter on the first day of school stating which pesticides are used by the district, and offers to notify parents in advance of any spraying of pesticides in their children's school. I'm not sure if it's a statewide requirement or something WCSD does on it's own.

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 5:42pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for sharing your tip. We've not seen any letter on this subject from the school, but then again, our first day of school isn't until 9/3, so perhaps we'll get something similar. I know that our school district was investigating the possibility to spraying at our son's elementary school on Fridays (PM?).
We'll probably be OK with the spraying, but due to son's asthma, we needed some language to give flexibility in case he reacted to it.

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2003 - 3:44pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Here is the final language of the 504 plan. While it would be imprudent to get into too many details, you'll note that we are working off of district language, rather than what we proposed in some areas.
Suffice it to say that the this is the nature of negotiations. Anyway, there's some good stuff in here in terms of accommodations - it will be interesting to see how the plan is operationalized. Because we negotiated up to the last minute, I sense there will be a bit of scrambling in the beginning. But, [b]our child will be able to go to his 1st day of Kindergarten tomorrow![/b]
Note: Section II.r. was still under discussion when we signed the plan...
2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR
[i]I. Training and Education[/i]
a. All teachers and staff, including the school nurse, will receive training in D


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