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TEXAS School Policies (Guest) 2008
« on: September 18, 2011, 10:04:48 PM »
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Does anyone have a link to the State of Texas policy on Food allergies/disability within schools? Thanks in advance.



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There was a thread started about this. I believe it's just a page or two back.



ajasfolks2
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See if there is something linked here:

http://www.fastoftexas.org/WorkingwithSchools/tabid/540/Default.aspx



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All I know is Texas has the Cupcake Amendment:
But while sodas are scarcer in school vending machines, there's been a backlash, driven be parents unhappy to see cupcakes become contraband. Attempts to ban the goodies caused a furor in a Virginia school in 2006, the Washington Post reported, and prompted the Texas state legislature in 2005 to pass the Safe Cupcake Amendment to protect the rights of parents to keep sending the treats to school. Source:  http://www.greatschools.net/cgi-bin/showarticle/620/




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Within the law that was passed with that--a wellness law--was a provision for only two parties per year in the classroom--a good thing. Our Houston area school held bd celebrations during lunch time in the cafeteria.

How it actually happened was that new Texas wellness law initially banned treats such as cupcakes, but there was an uprising, and the cupcake clause was put in.

Still, we were far better off in Texas where cupcakes were protected because of hte state's overall wellness policy than we are in Virginia. Far better off.

To quote DH this morning in a meeting: "It's not about the cupcake!"



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Did you have a 504 in Texas?



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Sadly, no. I did some work toward one, though, and I will search for that info.

What I did have was one fabulous nurse in our Houston area school who kicked butt for DS. In our district, our elem. school had the most EpiPens--and this was a large district covering two sizeable towns. Even when our school split when a new school was built a few blocks away, we still had the highest number of kids with Epis and the new school had the second highest.

We bought our house based on this nurse (I talked with nurses of all the schools in our town where we were looking to buy). So really, we had a very good FA life there.

And when DS was in Kinder when we lived in Dallas his school was so incredible. They got rid of snack, only having juice. They put Epis in 5 places around the campus. They were so careful for him. It was lovely.

I'm sorry I can't be more of help. I just ran across a Texas link this afternoon when looking for something else, though.

I'll go hunting tomorrow.



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http://www.anahuac.isd.esc4.net/special_service/504%20guidelines.pdf



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Ran across this. It's old but very good. Wishing I saw some of this language:

http://www.partnerstx.org/Resources/Section504/PDF/sec504.pdf 



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Very good. This one is going in my binder. I wanted to quote paragraph C, page 1:

"Major life activities include...This activity need not be related to learning to come under the protection of Section 504.

Straight from the Texas DOE.



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Yes, well, that little line made me chuckle. Or, you know, cry.

Glad to be of help.



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Well, I found this link at the Virginia DOE Sped site (actually has a link for every state).

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/

See specifically:
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/sec504/



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What I don't understand is...why is it that WE can find these links, that talk about how children are eligible, what to do, etc, but the administrators can't?  :banghead:



naters
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Texas does have a great Texas School Health Manual with great information in Chapters 7 and 9. But, Texas currently has no Texas State anaphylaxis law such as the Sabrina's Law, NY, Vermont,and Tenn. Laws on anaphylaxis. There is a bill being drafted. 



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I ran across this and thought it should go here. Be sure to look at both pages. This is the Texas Nutrition Policy (which, yes, does allow for cupcakes at the end of lunch in the cafeteria, but also states that they can not be in the classroom). It states a great deal more about Foods of Minimially Nutritious Value--FMNVs (kind of like ROUSs?)

http://www.hisd.org/FoodServices/Home/Programs%20&%20Events/SqMealsNutriPolicyataGlance6-27-07.pdf



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http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/
You can google texas school health guidelines, if this link doesn't work. See chapter 9 and I believe 7. Also,there is an anaphylaxis bill being drafted to help all.



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I am a Texas mom,and wonder if you could send me a link to any info regarding the drafting of this bill. I want to be as involved as possible. Thanks. 



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This from Food Allergy Initiative  (FAI) --

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CAPITAL KIDS DAY - MARCH 14 - AUSTIN: Children with food allergies and their parents will gather at the Texas State Capitol in Austin to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 27 and House Bill 639. Join us to meet with legislators, meet other kids with food allergies from across Texas, and rally on the steps of the Capitol.


http://www.faiusa.org/?page=Texas_Rally_for_Statewide_Food_Allergy_Guidelines



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Current discussion thread about Texas in the regular Schools section:

  For Texas Folks -- New & not-so-New: Some links & invitation to discuss   ~ started by ajasfolks2 on March 11, 2011

http://allergy.hyperboards.com/index.php?action=view_topic&topic_id=18349&start=1



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This is older post of mine from another thread here.  Wanted to tuck it into Texas thread.  I never did find link.  Perhaps someone has link or could help find & post when they do?

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From the Texas Association of Student Councils Handbook 2004 --
(I will go look for link to put in here too.  Feel free to post it here if you have one.  I'm having trouble finding link now.)


A safe school environment includes the following:

>Physical safety which is freedom from threats and physical harm, aggression, injury and damage to property

>Emotional safety which includes freedom from rejection, ostracism, social exclusion, isolation, mocking, taunting, name-calling, sarcasm, racially or sexually abusive comments, and humiliation.




« Last Edit: March 12, 2013, 06:24:21 AM by ajasfolks2 »
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Re: TEXAS School Policies (Guest) 2008
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 09:19:09 AM »