We got our 504!!

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2007 - 10:44pm
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We finally had our 504 meeting yesterday. Our school district is well versed in 504's for food allergy but our principal was completely "green" to put it nicely. After debating with her on the 504 process- we established a meeting yesterday to determine 'eligibilty' followed by accomodations (in the same meeting) if DD was found eligible.

So DH and I went in with plenty of backup documentation and MD letter. After 5 minutes she was found eligible by the MD letter. So when the eligibility was in writing I pulled out our 7 page 504 that we had prepared. The school nurse and her kindergarten teacher for next year were great. Principal gave some resistance- it almost seemed like she was trying to just be stubborn about things. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] Social worker came in towards the end- and she was definitely sympathetic because she has a PA grandchild.

Principal wanted to keep everything really broad... she wanted the entire 504 to be 3 bullet points (keep epi in room with DD, label classroom peanut free, and school nurse to do allergy awareness with the students..... pathetic really). So what we determined is that we will tweak a few things in the 504 we prepared and that will be her 504.

The next challenge will be to make sure they abide by it. I really don't see a problem with the teacher or nurse... I think we may have issues with the principal- who I get the feeling is just trying to be difficult or resistant to this because she thinks we are overreacting. This is the first 504 she has ever done for a food allergy and I think she feels they are not necessary- she thinks making the room peanut free is enough. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]

SO I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you out there who helped with this process. All of the 504's posted here really helped and if it wasn't for this site the term "504" would not even be in my vocabulary.

Have a great day! This is one enormous weight lifted off our shoulders!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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Mom to:
Sydney 4 1/2 Allergic to: Egg, Peanut, Tree Nuts, soy, environmental/seasonal and asthma
Noah 2 1/2 allergic to Penicillin

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2007 - 11:02pm
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Congrats!

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2007 - 11:36pm
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Good News!!! Would you be willing to post your dr letter with the personal info deleted?
I am in the process of working on a letter from DS's doctor. He told me to write it and would sign it. He knows nothing about 504 plans.

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 2:10am
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Woo Hoo! You're off to a great start! Really, the teacher and the nurse are more important to your child's school experience on a day-to-day basis than the principal. She may get on board eventually.
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Mom to 8 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 4:36am
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Good news!!! So what were the accomadations that you had written in the 504?

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 5:05am
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Awesome!!! You are one up on me, I couldn't get a peanut free classroom!! Glad to hear all went well. HUGS
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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: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 7:05am
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Thanks for all of the support! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I will definitely post the final 504 and MD letter- probably this weekend when I have more time. To be honest I don't think the MD letter was anything too special (I saw others on ths site that were much better IMHO). I think the discerning factor is that my principal is clueless and knows little about the law and the letter used the language from the law... saying the following life systems are affected- something to that effect. That is what closed the deal for us.
I was anticipating a lot more resistance and preparing for the worst and thankfully it did not turn out that way. Our town has a lot of things already in place like they have a strict no food sharing policy for everyone, there are no bday celebrations- cupcakes etc.- no parent is allowed to bring in food for any other child but their own. They already allowed epi to be kept by the classroom teacher and all teachers are epi trained. So these factors worked in our favor already.
Chanda- I think of you every day with all that you are going through- keep up the fight- not everyone can stay ignorant forever! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] You are a great mom and already have a place in heaven reserved for you!
Again I'll try to get those items posted this weekend. Good luck to all of the others going through this!
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Mom to:
Sydney 4 1/2 Allergic to: Egg, Peanut, Tree Nuts, soy, environmental/seasonal and asthma
Noah 2 1/2 allergic to Penicillin

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 7:10am
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Great job SydNoahsmom! I am so happy for you, way to hang in there! Enjoy your summer!

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 10:17am
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Congratulations! This is very encouraging for the rest of us.

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 10:41am
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Quote:Originally posted by SydNoahsmom:
[b] I think the discerning factor is that my principal is clueless and knows little about the law and the letter used the language from the law...
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First, congratulations on positive results & 504 designation!
(NOT trying to be party pooper, just realistic/practical me) -- Sounds like your biggest challenge in coming school year might be to educate principal & get him/her to grasp the BINDING nature of 504 and the SERIOUSNESS of PA as a whole. No principal (or "manager"), in general, likes to be told what to do or how to do it -- so this may be hard for him/her to swallow and adhere to . . .
BUT DON'T YOU FEEL GREAT ABOUT HOW THIS WENT??!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth,
Mother to 2:
DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes?
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
Member here since 2000

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