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Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 6:23am
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I believe a 504 Plan is an individual plan rather than something that would be school wide. Very different than say here in Canada where we do have "peanut free" classes, "peanut free" schools, etc.
For further information re 504 Plans, there is a LOT of information posted under the Schools section. A lot of different members posted their own 504 Plans for their PA children so that others could use them. Now, as far as getting one implemented, since I am not American, I have no idea.
But definitely check under Schools and ask any question you feel you need to fully be able to understand what a 504 Plan is if you want one for your PA child.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 6:27am
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I want to thank you all so much for all of your replies. With the new school year approaching, my stress levels are going through the roof and,now, knowing that this mother is preparing to do battle over safeguards that were already put into place at the school (i.e. peanut free classrooms, no peanut snacks, etc.)I'm about ready to lose it. It does not help that she has been socializing with the two first grade teachers, taking them out to dinner, inviting them over for cocktail parties and basically brown nosing her way into their good graces. I don't want to play "high school" games over who is the most popular mother, therefore whose needs will be met first. All I want is for the school to continue what they did last year - peanut free classroom, and now, a peanut free lunch table since she'll be there all day. Having lunch at school, as you all know, raises a whole other set of fears and questions. That's why this woman's PB campaign is particularly ill timed and frightening. To go around saying that one of the first grade teachers "loves peanut butter" is a direct threat to my daughter. What does she mean by that? Am I supposed to be comfortable now dropping her off at school? She wants her daughter's medical condition raised to the forefront - I'm all for keeping her daughter safe and healthy but not at the cost of my daughter's life.

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 6:54am
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In response to Virginia Mom's original question re the child with low blood sugar (not diabetes) who needs to eat pb during school...
I am assuming there is a 504 in place for the PA child, and one of the provisions is for peanut-free classroom.
If the other child needs pb for medical reasons, that child should have a 504 or some kind of medical plan in place. If her doctor attests to her need to eat pb during school hours, then that must be accepted and accommodated, same as any other disability.
I think, even within the context of a peanut free classroom (or school--I'm not sure what is in place) there can be a way of accommodating a single child who must eat pb for medical reasons. I don't think that should include eating in the nurse's office. If it's part of the child's lunch, she should be able to enjoy it with her classmates. She can be seated away from the PA child, an aide can supervise, and the child eating pb can be assisted in cleaning up afterwards.
I don't like the idea of pb being administered as "medicine" in the nurse's office. It's a food. Children on strict diets are at high risk for developing (psychological) problems with eating, and there should be nothing even slightly ostracizing or punitive about the way the pb is handled.
In my opinion, one child, closely supervised, eating pb, is not a danger to the PA child.
This all hinges on the child having a genuine medical need, documented by her physician. If the doctor doesn't sign off on it, the kiddo can wait and eat pb at home like everyone else in the class. I don't like the idea of the mothers getting together to "work something out."
We all know how much work and documentation goes into a 504 plan. If the kid with low blood sugar can qualify for a medical plan, I'm sure she can be accommodated without harming the PA child.

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 7:02am
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Oooh, I hate it when that happens...Va Mom I did not see your latest post before I submitted mine. So my post was not intended as an "answer" to your more recent one. I was just piping in on the general discussion
I wish you the best of luck. Sounds like a bad situation with the other mother. That's why I don't think you should have to "work it out" with her. She should have a medical plan (and medical documentation) and the school can take it from there. I admit I am skeptical about whether the kid has a genuine medical need, but if they can document it, then I do think she should be accommodated.
Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 7:32am
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Sandra Y,
(whispering quietly): I really liked your last two posts. (even quieter: and with that said, I'm still not making recommendations)
And with that said, I definitely was not in the "social swing" of our school system (never was, probably never will be) and can relate to issues concerning this.
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 9:51am
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Momma Bear - I also do NOT want to be in the social swing at school. I just want to drop my daughter off in the mornings and be secure in the knowledge that she will be alive when I pick her up in the afternoon. Unfortunately, since I have had to speak up on behalf of my daughter's allergy, there are some parents who think that I want to have a place in the school's "social sphere" and therefore see me as a threat. What they don't understand is that all I want is for my daughter to be safe so that I can spend my weekdays doing my housework and watching "I Love Lucy" in peace! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 10:52am
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corinne, I will raise my threads about 504s in the schools forum for you.

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 8:44am
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Hi Virginia Mom~
It's hard isn't it....I say, TAKE THE HIGH ROAD. And, that doesn't mean give in...it just means don't take the other mom's bait!
Boy! Have I been there...and this is where I had to check my ego. Because it is very difficult not to want to fight back and defend (for many reasons...we are all human).
Usually with people like this...you give them enough rope, they'll hang themselves.
People will eventually...see this for what it is. Hold your head high and...
Patience... If you can.
Best~
k

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