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Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 8:19am
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

I liked your email. Genuinely. oh............ifyoucouldseetheonesIhanddelivered.............. They must have struck a chord, since the school usually replied with certified mail. LOL. I just couldn't find the little green grenade on my toolbar...................
Side note: I read with interest your comments on a "challenge" apparently (if I read right) by the school? My son, early in our attempts to ensure our son was in a safe envronment, was separated from his class at lunch. He was placed at a desk in the hall to eat. I was informed my son could not be "airborne allergic" since a girl with a peanut butter sandwich had eaten lunch with him earlier in the week. ??????????????????????????????????????. Without my permission or knowledge, and against our recommendations. How convienient. Since when did they start practicing medicine in the school halls? I made sure (at a taped 504 meeting) the district lawyer could appreciate the ramifications such a practice could have.
I don't think your situation is unusual.(Regarding home tutoring). To me, it would be the natural progression. IE: Medical advise dictates one thing, the school district claims the accommodations are not "reasonable", you are entitled to a free and "appropriate" public education (at least that is my understanding of FAPE in the States. If "appropriate" is a home tutor.................
The principal at the public school my son attended kept suggesting the PA issue would best be handled through my "homeschooling" our child. She also did not deny this in the presence of the district's attorney. Well, by virtue of her title as an professional educator of sorts, the thought of taking her "opinion" to task and pursuing the district for a home tutor did cross my mind. I am not an teacher by profession, and even if I was, I would find it hard to believe a school district could force me to ***personally*** educate my child at home. I was actually impressed and surprised someone was able to accomplish this through a school district (and as I understand it, I am assuming the PA was the only causation the district justified the use of home tutoring for? Please correct me if there were other factors involved). My compliments to you!
However, I have a 3 year old who will, God willing, be attending school with his brother in the future. I also harbored much disdain for adults who went out of their way to villify our attempts as parents and professionals to protect our child's life with reasonable accomodations. Why on earth would I allow them into my home? (Please understand this is no commentary on you and your situation, but just my feelings about our own personal experience.)
Once again, my feelings only as a mother, and not advice in any form. I am not an educational expert, I am not a lawyer, and I am not a physician.

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 10:33pm
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Raising for Laurensmom

Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 4:09am
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Joined: 01/19/2003 - 09:00

MommaBear, I understand what you are saying. As I said earlier this isn't for everyone. I thought this information might be helpful to someone wanting to home-school. Since, the teacher comes 4 or 5 days a week this might be a pretty good arrangement to some. I don't know if you meant this literally about coming into my house. Trust me they are nowhere around my child. They are no longer employed at this district. Certainly, they are not making decisions concerning my child. The teacher that comes to the house is wonderful. She had nothing to do with the incident. The new team thankfully seems to have my sons best interest at heart. We'll see. The next IEP meeting is in May. I think we'll work together great. Hopefully, my son will be safely school bound soon, too. You guys give me hope that schools will figure it out one day. rj

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 2:21pm
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Simply re-raising for Ginger to see if it helps her with her decision re "may contains".
An up-date, but not a complete one, just a couple of bits. In the midst of this thread, on December 12th actually, Jesse had an anaphylactic reaction to residue within the school, not his peanut free classroom.
With only three weeks to review his written school plan (posted here on the board), I am going to contact some PA Moms that I respect really well because my gut is really telling me to keep the "may contain" clause in regardless of the difficulty I had this year.
As I have posted ad nauseum on this board, we had the NO "may contain" clause for THREE YEARS and it worked well!
That's my wee bit of an up-date, but suffice to say it continued to be the Year from He** right up until the last day of school (June 27th) although his teacher did lighten up for some reason (I think after I physically avoided her and stopped e-mailing her for quite a few months).
Ginger, hope this helps. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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