Question: With food allergies and an epi pen, with unknown reactions, when do you do a 504 versus an individual health plan? Almost everyone on here seems to swear by the 504 and some say that's not enough. Im quite confused. I am a teacher and I pay attention to all health notes. I know 504 plans have legal teeth, but what exactly does that mean in terms of reality? I know the only thing we all want to do is keep our kids safe.
Questions: At what grade can you have a 504 plan / IEP? Can you only have one starting in Kindergarten? Does it matter how the school is funded? i.e. are certain 'types' of school covered by Section 504 vs. others?
Question 1: Are parents legally entitled to be at the evaluation meeting for the initial 504? Do they have a right to speak or add input beyond the documentation they provide? Question 2: If the school or school system declares your child NOT eligible for a 504, what appeals rights do you have?
1. Are there any laws regarding inclusion that I can reference when my child's school repeatedly tries to schedule food-centric activities that by their very nature exclude my food allergic child? We have a 504 for her which provides her with a food-free classroom, but there are many cases where several classrooms come together to do these food-centric activities, and this is when the problems arise. Is there a certain part of the ADA I could refer them to? 2. What exactly is 'inclusion'? I...
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Congratulations to 6-year-old Zayden. He is our first My First Day of School Photo winner! All of the entries are precious and show off some pretty remarkable kids who happen to live with food allergies. - Ashley (Zayden's Mom) We're randomly selecting winners each week until September 25, so be sure to add your photo !
Congratulations to our second winner Evan! Evan is allergic to peanuts and egg. He is one of four kids in his class of 18 who live with severe food allergies. I feel fortunate that his teacher and his school take food allergies seriously and work hard to keep all the students safe without excluding them. Evan’s food allergies never slow him down! - Shaunna (Evan's Mom) There is still time to enter, so be sure to add your photo !
Congrats to our third winner, Layla! Layla is allergic to peanuts, treenuts, dairy, sesame and shellfish. She is a wonderful self-advocate and is very protective of her little brother, Dylan, who also has food allergies. Food allergies don't stop me from doing great things or being me!- Layla
Congratulations to our final winners! Matthew, age 6, is allergic to eggs, chicken, turkey, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish . Matthew and his Minion are ready for a safe and successful school year. Emmie is starting Kinder and is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, flaxseed. Emmie is doing so well in her private Christian school thanks to very supportive teachers, administrators, school nurse, and classmates. I was worried about her starting school with all of her allergies but the...
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