Starting the 504 process

Posted on: Sat, 01/06/2007 - 2:22pm
KaitlinsMom's picture
Joined: 09/25/2005 - 09:00

Well Im getting ready to start the 504 process. I have been gathering information and have already had a couple of conversations with dd's school. she will start kindergarten this upcoming year. I had posted some of the responses that I got from the school that made me more than a little nervous.... but I got some great advice from you guys on the board.

I contacted my school districts 504 corrdinator. Who believe it or not seemed egar to help. I told her my situation that my daughter had a life threatening peanut allergy and would be starting kindergarten and I wanted to find out about getting a 504 plan in place for her. She ask what school and said we would contact the principal, school nurse, guidence counsler, and put together a team along with the parents. I was in amazed I was really expecting to have to put up a fight to even get a meeting. I ask if there were already children in the district with 504 for food allergies and she said oh yes. I ask what I would need to bring to document allergies she said just a note from her allergist stating she had been tested and did have a peanut allergy. I ask how soon we could set up the meeting she said since she wasnt technically a student that we would shoot for early May so we could have it in place by the time school started. Im still a little hesitant about waiting till may and plan on calling back in march and trying to push it up a little. I would feel better if we started right now.

I am pleased with the response but still feel like it sounds to good to be true right? and I know that this is just the beggining and their ideas of what is safe and mine may be alot different. Still it is a starting point.

Tennessee also just added new guidelines for children with food allergies that are suppose to be in place by July 07. Which I am also hopeful will help. Anyone that can offer any insite or things to watch out for please let me know. All help and advice is greatley appreciated.

I have also been trying to find sample plans but for some reason my search option isnt working. Anyone have a sample plan or a
link to one I would greatley appreciate.

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 2:38am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I'm in the same boat, so (as you've noticed) I aslo ask tons of questions. I am the first at our school to request a 504 for food allergies, so the school really has no clue what is involed...I'm learning(from this site) what I need to do, what I should do, and what not to leave out.
The first thing I did was get a signed letter from our allergist. I actually just copied one from here(I'm nto sure what mom posted it) but it was really good. I changed it to fit my son and his allergies(peanuts, tree nuts and eggs). I called the district to find out who the 504 coordinator was for our school(I had asked the principal but she would never get back to me, so I went over them) turns out it was our assistant principal(like that woul have been so hard to tell me)....andyways, I called her directly and left a message telling her I was in the process of gathering the information I would need for a 504 and that I would contact her when I was ready to schedule the 1st meeting.
She followed up, nicely and said she would look forward to hearig from me. I just had the 1st meeting with her(I think our school does this different then most, I didn't meet with the team, she said that is the 2nd meeting). But I am awaiting the results of eligibility and then the 2nd meeting will be next. In the meantime, *I* copied the outline from Rhonda
and I downloaded it to my computer and have been basically filling it in. My school didn't provide me with an outline, so I guess I will draw it up myself.
But that is where I am now....waiting. Hopefully the assist principal will call soon. I have the outline finished, so just some minor tweaking and I am good. I am sure the team will think *what the heck*...but honestly, I am not going to be the only one doing this, so they need to become familiar. I have 2 moms interested in seeing what happens with me, I guess I will pave the way!? Anyways, I ramble, sorry! Good luck
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, 03/09/2007 - 7:43am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

When starting the process, it's important to:
1. Get a signed letter from allergist stating that your child qualifies for 504 plan due to the condition affecting a life function, like breathing. I used dr. letters posted here as a template, and I think it just about guarantees that the school will find the child eligible under Section 504. If your allergist won't sign the letter, tell him/her that you're sure you can find a new allergist who wil....
2. Submit a written request for an eligibility meeting to the 504 coordinator and 504 compliance officer (usu. principal) by certified mail. It's really important that it be a written request. Send dr. letter with written request. We chose to send RAST test results as well, but that was our call.
3. Obtain a copy of your school

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 1:43pm
Ohio's picture
Joined: 05/23/2005 - 09:00

Take a look at this...
504 Plan - Getting Started

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 9:50pm
SydNoahsmom's picture
Joined: 03/01/2007 - 09:00

Thank you everyone for your advice, I really appreciate it!!
Ohio right after I wrote this initial post I found your post on getting started... which is fantastic!!! I have it printed up for reference.
I was planning on making a bunch of phone calls today to the school but of course it is a snow day so it will have to wait until Monday.
I'll keep you all posted as things progress... hopefully it will all be positive news!!
Mom to:
Sydney 4 1/2 EA, PA, asthma
Noah 2 1/2 NKA

Posted on: Sat, 01/06/2007 - 10:42pm
maddiesmom's picture
Joined: 12/20/1999 - 09:00

It sounds like it is going in the right direction-congrats!
I remember beginning the process of making DD's 504 3 years ago-it was tedious and difficult at first, but now each year before school starts we just have to tweak it a little and add/subtract items that we feel need to be done.
If you would like a copy of my DD's 504 you can email me off the board and I will give you a copy. My DD is VERY contact sensitive and airborne to pn/tn's, so we had to really work hard to cut down on her almost DAILY hive episodes that occured in her first year of school. I think this 504 is working GREAT for her...we are 1/2 way through the school year and she has only had ONE hive! AMAZING! (seeing how she missed almost 2 weeks of school her first year due to exposure she was getting).
Let me know if you would like a copy to look at. I know that looking at someone elses 504 helps you to think of things that you might not have remembered.
Take care and good luck! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 3:57am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My advice is not to wait until May. We had a 504 evaluation meeting and got approved for a 504 plan last Nov, and we finally got a meeting scheduled to work out the plan details in early Feb! Schools don't move very fast--you must constantly stand behind them and prod them along, esp. with 504 related stuff. I'd be willing to send you a copy of the plan that I would like the school to implement - email me if you'd like to see it. Good luck.

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