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Scalleja,

In addition to Momma2boys excellent suggestions, I also recommend reviewing a very lengthy (84 pages), but worthwhile, document on Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies in Schools.

It was put out by the Mass Dept. of Education in the fall of 2002, and it will trigger lots of good ideas for consideration.

Heres the link:

[url=""http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf""]http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf[/url]

Caution....its a large file (about 2.5MB).

I have been meaning to raise our approved Kindergarten and First grade 504s for anyone looking for something along the lines of a more detailed one. I think I already retyped everything and can post it soon. Our first grade one will have a note section after the 504 on how we micromanaged particular areas to match the objectives in the 504.

I actually got it in under schools today. Sorry it took so long, but I hope it can help. Some of my other stuff used throughout the past two years at school is listed under that board as well. Our approved Kindergarten 504 was for a half-day schedule as per our district.

I would not type up a draft since most schools do not want to use your draft anyway. They will want to start fresh with their own. If they ask you for a draft, then great, but first you need to establish eligibility. If you give them a draft they may perceive it as your ""list of demands"" and they may hesitate to grant eligibility if there are things on your list that they dont like.

First, you need to get a letter from your doctor. There are many threads in the school section discussing this. See

[url=""http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001046.html""]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001046.html[/url]

The official way to request a 504 is to request ""an evaluation for Section 504 eligibility"" in writing. You can address this to your school principal or to your districts 504 coordinator, depending on your situation.

Even if you are on good terms with your school, I would recommend making your request in writing because many times when people make this a verbal request they are told ""we dont do 504s for food allergies"" or the school drags its feet and never gets around to scheduling a meeting. I would make the request in writing and project the attitude that you are doing it that way because you just want to do the right, professional thing.

Cathy

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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

If the private school receives any federal money (e.g. for a lunch program), they must comply with Section 504. In addition, all private schools (except parochial schools) must comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

For your daughters safety, any school should meet with you to create a food allergy management plan of some kind (some call it a ""health plan""), including measures to avoid allergens and the emergency treatment protocol signed by her doctor.

Cathy

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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited July 31, 2006).]

Hi. I am really not sure. I dont think so, but I am no expert. There are a lot of helpful people here that I know can help you further so hang tight, you will get a true answer. Sorry I am not much help!

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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 6)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Heres a great link that will give you some great information on what a 504 plan is. Hope it helps you!

[url=""http://www.access4allergickids.com/Section_504""]www.access4allergickids.com/Section_504[/url]

Tracy

Try searching the Board. That is how I found all the information I could handle. There are many sample 504 plans and letters.

[url=""http://www.allergysupport.org""]www.allergysupport.org[/url]

Most of our approved and implemented 504s are posted under this board, at least from Kindergarten to Second Grade. Not sure if I put the 3rd grade one up yet.

If you do a search on my user name under the Schools board, it should bring them up.

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