I will first start by thanking you for posting all of the wonderful information. I've been reviewing the site for about an hour now and have certainly learned quite a bit. I am a school psychologist, and will be meeting with a parent in the relatively near future to discuss 504 accommodations for her son with a severe peanut allergy. While I have completed many 504's for students with AD/HD, Asthma and other conditions - I have not done so for a student with a peanut allergy. I have an idea of some accommodations which should be offered to the parent, but thought that perhaps you all might be able to make some suggestions as well? Thank you for any help you can offer, and again for all of the wonderful information in this forum!
On Aug 13, 2008
Thank you for being so proactive and supportive of this parent. Sending a child to school with a life threatening allergy to something that just about every other child will be bringing every day is very stressful. Every parent has their own comfort zone and allergies differ quite a bit in each individual. Here are a few things that are must-haves for a young peanut allergic child.
* Absolute peanut free classroom. No eating lunches, no candies that might contain peanuts as rewards, no art projects, and no cooking projects with peanuts.
* Peanut free table or section of lunch area for allergic child to eat away from others that have may peanuts.
* All classmates and teachers must wash hands after returning from lunch.
* Epenepherine should be kept nearby in the classroom as well as the nurse's office in unlocked cabinets.
* Multiple staff members should be trained on recognition of symptoms and how to administer epi pen.
* Parent will usually provide teacher with safe treats to give to allergic child in class.
* The parent should provide the school with an emergency plan that includes symptoms to look for and when to give epi pen. This plan should be the first page in the substitute folder.
These are just a few sugguestions to help keep a peanut allergic child safe at school. The parent may have additional requests that are more specific to their individual needs.
Thank you again for taking the time to reasearch this for this family. I wish you were our school psychologist.
On Aug 13, 2008
Hi, I think it's terrific that you are asking.
We have two articles by a school psychologist in our latest newsletter. She is also a parent of a child with severe peanut allergy.
There is a list of potential accommodations in the aritcle.
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On Aug 15, 2008
I started with an introductory paragraph with specifics about her condition, then stated, "The goal of this plan is to ensure equal access to public education for _______ by providing an environment that will allow her to participate in all aspects of her education while maintaining a stable phisiological state."
I included in our plan:
1. Education awareness - how this will be accomplished for the staff, classmates, and those who need specific training (teacher/cafeteria staff) 2. Prevention - specifics about the classroom environment, cafeteria environment, hand-washing, field trip planning 3.Responding to reactions - action plan, access to medications,response protocols, presence of trained staff for administration of Epi 4. Effects on academics - allowed to make up work missed due to reactions, excused absences due to reactions etc.
This plan was well received by the entire team and I beleive it will be a helpful document.
If you are writing it yourself, you may want to get an outline together and then visit with the parent about how some of the details need to be handled for their particular case.
In our case, I actually wrote it and we just made slight clarifications during the meeting, then all signed in acceptance. I also provided medical documentation and the current food allergy action plan for the file.
Thanks for the time you are taking to do the right thing for kids. You are obviously good at your job. (PS I also work in special ed.)