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Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2000 - 3:53am
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pJust wanted to thank you for providing us this useful information. Our first meeting is in two days, and I'm beginning to feel prepared! The more prepared we become, the less nervous I feel./p
pThanks again,br /
Colleen/p

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2000 - 7:04am
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pQuote:Originally posted by rilira:br /
[b]We had our school meeting on Wednesday. We went in with a list of 26 items we wanted. They ranged from a nut free classroom to an aide to supervise our daughter to how she will be dismissed from class. We got all 26 items we wanted implemented. To put it mildly we are so excited. It feels so good to know we already have a 504 plan in place for next year.I did a lot of research to support our points and they could not argue when presented with written proof!i really feel like my daughter is going to have a great year![/b]/p

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2000 - 7:09am
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pQuote:Originally posted by dmh:br /
[b]Rilira - Can you send me a copy of your 26 things? My son will go to kindergarten in the fall of 2001. I am already concerned and we saw our allergist last week. He said to have him take his own food and educate his teacher. He is not worried about him smelling or touching it. He said the only problem he will have is if he takes another child's pbjelly sandwich and eats it! I am worried. I have read so much that others have done at school. Is it because they are smell sensitive? My e-mail is [email]Khough003@cs.com[/email]. Thank you.[/b]/p

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2000 - 7:15am
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pRilirabr /
We will be sending our PA son to a private pre-k this fall. We have aired our concerns to the "headmaster" and received a very positive response; however, we are still very nervous and would like to see your list of items you requested. My email is [email]tracy520@worldnet.att.net[/email] Quote:Originally posted by rilira:br /
[b]We had our school meeting on Wednesday. We went in with a list of 26 items we wanted. They ranged from a nut free classroom to an aide to supervise our daughter to how she will be dismissed from class. We got all 26 items we wanted implemented. To put it mildly we are so excited. It feels so good to know we already have a 504 plan in place for next year.I did a lot of research to support our points and they could not argue when presented with written proof!i really feel like my daughter is going to have a great year![/b]/p

Posted on: Thu, 04/13/2000 - 12:42pm
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pI would also like a copy of the 26 items you requested for your child. I would appreciate any other info you have. My e-mail is [email]belanger@netexp.com[/email] thanks for your time. Denise/p
p Quote:Originally posted by rilira:br /
[b]We had our school meeting on Wednesday. We went in with a list of 26 items we wanted. They ranged from a nut free classroom to an aide to supervise our daughter to how she will be dismissed from class. We got all 26 items we wanted implemented. To put it mildly we are so excited. It feels so good to know we already have a 504 plan in place for next year.I did a lot of research to support our points and they could not argue when presented with written proof!i really feel like my daughter is going to have a great year![/b]/p

Posted on: Fri, 04/14/2000 - 4:23am
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pRilira,br /
As I parent of a PA child and a special education teacher, I am impressed! Is the 504 plan based on health issues alone? I have difficulty getting some of my students aides. Many that need them don't have them, "funding". But, they would have them if their parents would push. I feel what you have gotten for your daughter is wonderful. I hope many others of you can get the same. Some advice I would like to give some of you from experience with the other side, bring proof. Even better than proof, if you can find cases to show (especially if a suit was involved), bring those! Parents who bug the school board, involve the media, involve any family rights activist groups, etc. usually get their way! Go in with a plan and support from outside of the school district. I am fortunate in many other ways. First of all, my daughter is not smell sensitive. Second, my daughter attends school were two of my sisters-in-law teach and two sisters (one the Principal) teach. I can guarantee when I hear someone above me (from our central office) refer to a parent as a pest or roll their eyes, I know thier child is getting the best of what their is to offer!/p

Posted on: Sun, 04/16/2000 - 8:09am
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pYes our 504 plan is completely relating to her health issues. I had "overheard" the district officials were questioning the need for a 504 because my daughter is academically gifted. I noticed my daughters painting and story were missing from the display in the classroom. Her teacher had been asked to supply samples of her work.I guess some people felt that she didn't need special ed. so she didn't need a 504 plan. I am very happy with how things are going. I do feel some things aren't addressed but I think the big issues are covered.I think it is all a learning experience as we go along./p
pIn regards to our list of 26 items they are all covered in the plan listed above./p
p One thing I would recommend is checking the cleaning supplies and all craft supplies in the classroom.I know in our state (CA) schools purchasing departments have to have a list of ingredients for all items purchased for the district. It covers paint,glue,windex.... They have all the contact information for the supply companies. The school soap at my daughters school used to fill all dispensers is almond soap.The purchasing dep't gave us the numbers and my husband spoke directly with the chemist who developed the soap and found out it was completely manufactured with no actual almond in it. The janitorial staff will usually have the list on site. Our head custodian also made a list of all plants on the school grounds./p
pFor kindergarteners find out if they use finger paints and I recommend you have a set for the classroom that only your child can use.I will post more if I think about anything else.I will re read her kindergarten 504 and see if anything differs./p

Posted on: Sun, 04/16/2000 - 8:15am
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pRae,/p
pI definitely was given the advice to push for any issues I felt strongly about. Many times if a parent is consistant and a little aggressive they will get what they want as opposed to someone who may be a little more calm or polite. I am not suggesting to go into a meeting like a crazy person but to stay focused on your goal and not to accept no for an answer.Use catch phrases like "I have been advised..." or " Research has shown..." "Legally speaking..." " My childs rights...". It is amazing how the idea of having someone backing you up legally or medically scares the bejebe's out of some people./p

Posted on: Sun, 04/16/2000 - 11:51pm
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pYou are right! They are scared when it is obvious you are educated on your rights and the topic. Also, get the "big wigs" in your meeting - it is harder to say no face to face. Good Luck everyone!/p

Posted on: Mon, 05/01/2000 - 10:13am
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pToday I had a meeting with our allergist (whom has never been an ounce of help). We had to go to discuss my daughters 504 plan. The superintendant of special services for our school district wanted a doctor to review the plan to deem if all the modifications were necessary. I was very nervous thinking this guy could ruin everything for us./p
pWell he couldn't have been more supportive and encouraging. At the end of the appointment he thanked me for educating him!! There are now no obstacles in the way from implementing my daughters plan./p

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