question about 504...

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 4:42am
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Okay, I am awaiting my letter from the allergist, just followed up yesterday to make sure he got the huge fax I sent(I gave him samples of letters from here, he is eagar to help, but has never done a 504 for food allergies!!) anyways, the school emailed me and told me to let them know once I receive the allergists letter...so then what?? I have printed and saved all the 504 samples from this board, but what I need to know, should I have my own written up and done for when I go in for the 1st meeting? Or at the meeting do I sit down with the team and write it up together? How does that work, do I write or do they?? Thanks, I want to be prepared.

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Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 5:21am
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It's a good idea to write one out before you go to the meeting just so you have a clear idea in your mind of what kinds of things you want to be included. During the meeting you can use it for reference, but in most cases the school will want to write the 504.
If this is the eligibility meeting (where the 504 team decides whether or not your child is eligible for 504) you will probably want to hold off talking about specific accommodations until you have a signed paper indicating that your child is eligible. You want the school to make their decision based on your child's medical condition, not on whether or not they think the accommodations you are asking for are too difficult.
Cathy

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 5:28am
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Ahhhh, that is the advice I was looking for, thank you so much!!! Chanda
Edit....actually do they decide his eligibility solely on this letter from the allergist?? Any pointers for that 1st meeting?? THANKS!
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Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 8:43am
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I think the doctor's letter is a huge factor in their decision. Make sure that the letter explains how peanut allergies substantially limit breathing (even to the point of death) during a reaction and substantially limit a child's ability to care for himself as compared to his peers. A young, peanut allergic child cannot be solely responsible for checking food, avoiding peanuts, or treating a reaction. Trained adult supervision is required at all times.
Cathy

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