Anyone have a 504 plan for HIGH SCHOOL ?

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 1:41am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Mariah has another 1.5 years in Middle School, but I'm meeting next week with our 504 team to begin looking at the high school environment. Does anyone have a plan for 9th grade (and on) that you can share here?

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 7:47am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I know you know my son is past high school age but I'll tell you he never had a 504. I tried to get the high school to let me talk to them but they were a very small private high school and the director felt it best I send a letter to each teacher. It worked out fine but that was because it was so small.
Good luck Gail.

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 11:44am
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[This message has been edited by NicoleinNH (edited June 09, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 2:38pm
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Gail W., this might be of no help at all since I'm Canadian. I know that when Jesse started school, I was scared to death (not that I'm still not) for the time he entered high school. School board policy pretty well covered anaphylaxis up until Grade 8 (so elementary and middle school). But nothing was in place for high school at all.
However, now, with Sabrina's Law, it covers high school as well and I'm wondering if there would be anything in it that might be helpful.
I know that with Jess' written school plan, which adheres to school board policy, I was able to have several things implemented similar to having a 504 Plan, except that it was not legally binding. It will be something that I will have to explore in a little while myself, but just a thought about what's in Sabrina's Law (if anything) that *might* be helpful.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 1:10am
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Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Jana R. has a son who is either in high school or already graduated high school. Maybe her email address is in her profile. I think he is also milk allergic, so their 504 may be different from what Mariah would need.

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 11:46pm
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

I really wish we lived closer since it seems our lives and issues dovetail so frequently!
You read my mind. I've never had a 504 for DS because honestly, the schools have handled everything just fine without one. However, all that changes with high school and it's been weighing on me.
For example, DS has always brought his own lunch. That's my preference, even without PA. However, once they get to high school, taking lunch is totally stigmatizing. Not to mention impractical - if their locker is far from the cafeteria, the school is so spread out that they don't have time to get their lunch, eat and get to their next class, etc. So they really need to be able to eat the school lunch. That's going to have to be addressed.
Thinking beyond high school, if I want him to receive accommodations in college, it's easier if a 504 has been in place in high school. (We're finding this out with my LD elder son; he was declassified in 8th grade since he wasn't using any accommodations and he felt that being classified was very stigmatizing. Now we're thinking about getting him reclassified, so he can more readily take advantage of services in college - but that's a whole other thread!).
I'm actually hoping to attend a support group meeting tonight that is specifically geared towards teens. I'll be sure to bring up this issue and see what everyone has to say. I'll let you know.

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 2:05am
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Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Thank you all for your wonderful responses. I've be busy dealing with some non-PA health issues, and it was so nice to return to find these repsonses. Thank you. [img][/img]
Our HS is huge. Or at least it seems so to me, but perhaps not compared to others.
Nicole, I've love to get a copy. I'll contact you by e-mail. Thank you.
Cindy, thanks for your thoughts on Sabrina's law. I'll search that out and see if there is anything that I can use.
Carefulmom, I'd forgotten about Jana R. I'll definitely contact her. Thanks!
Amy, the 'school lunch thing' kicked in at Middle School here. <> But of all the isses that needed to be addressed, the school lunch program was probably one of the easier ones for me. So don't despair. And I totally hear you re: college accommodations. That was discussed during our Eligibility meeting. I could see wanting to keep open the option of living in a college apartment-style housing (verses a dorm) where Mariah could prepare her own food. That's only one example, but I'm sure there will be many more when we reach these issues. I'd be very interested in learning what you learned at your support group. Please keep me posted.
And re: LD, we keep getting hints that Mariah will eventually be 'exited' or 'declassified' since she is achieving in school. We're thinking that we might want her to keep her 'IDEA status' but with a 'no servces at this time' type of accommodation. Sorta putting it on hold but readily available if needed in th e future. (e.g. she may need high school or college text books on tape.) Could you do that? If your son had the classification without any services, I wouldn't think any of his peers would be aware.

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 7:24am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
I'd be very interested in learning what you learned at your support group. Please keep me posted. [/bold]
Not too much. I have the oldest child there, so nobody was really able to help on this particular topic.
Quote:[b]And re: LD, we keep getting hints that Mariah will eventually be 'exited' or 'declassified' since she is achieving in school. We're thinking that we might want her to keep her 'IDEA status' but with a 'no servces at this time' type of accommodation. Sorta putting it on hold but readily available if needed in th e future. (e.g. she may need high school or college text books on tape.) Could you do that? If your son had the classification without any services, I wouldn't think any of his peers would be aware. [/b]
That's what we did for his last year of middle school, but for whatever reason [i]he[/i] knew he was still classified, and it bugged the heck out of him. Drove him totally around the bend. *Sigh*

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 5:48am
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Joined: 01/19/2007 - 09:00

Hi there, I am new and just registered under "introductions", but that is why I am here too. High school. YOu all keep talking about 504's, did I miss the boat by not insisting early on? Who and where do I start with one, he goes to hs in August. He is soooooo sensitive about his allergy and asthma, I don't know what or how to handle this. He has to induce two epi-pens if he were to have an attack, one is not enough for him.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:19am
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Joined: 09/11/2007 - 09:00

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Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 10:46pm
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Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

athletemom -- I re-raised a thread about why NOT getting a 504 might do child disservice. It may help you some, as will many of the other threads in this Schools section about 504s & violations of 504s.
Anna -- were you able to get response? Keep trying -- Gail may not have seen this.
FWIW, we do not have a 504 (private school) but do have written instructions and understandings with school, staff, and teachers. Has it been perfect? No. Have we had any reaction due to school situation this year [first year ever in a school, 2nd grade, prior homeschooled]? NO! But, we have a very unusual & lucky coincidence in that DS's 2nd grade teacher is also PA.
When we likely move again this year & child goes to 3rd grade in public school, we will definitely have a 504 plan.
Mother to 2:
DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
Member here since 2000


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