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Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: July 07, 2014, 04:31:37 PM »

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If you have suggestions for the index threads, please post them in this other thread:
504 index - Suggestions
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Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:45:20 PM »

Please don't post in this thread  :heart:

If you have suggestions for the index threads, please post them in this other thread:
504 index - Suggestions
Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:45:02 PM »

Please don't post in this thread  :heart:

If you have suggestions for the index threads, please post them in this other thread:
504 index - Suggestions
Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:44:46 PM »

Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:44:30 PM »

Waivers and "Limitations of Liability"

504 index- Federal Level Laws and Guidelines

504 index - State Level Laws and Guidelines

504 index - Local Level Policies, Procedures, etc.

504 index - Examples of trying to navigate through policies and laws

my understanding
504 can override policy & guidelines
but must work within law/regulations framework (maybe depends when 2 laws collide)

NASN new position statement
interpretation of what federal law MEANS here.  It can, too, trump state law if an individual child's needs demand that it do so. 

About "Reasonable Accommodation"
(OCR Policy Letter to Zirkel, 20 IDELR 134, 8/23/93.)
The key question in your letter is whether OCR reads into that Section 504 regulatory requirement for a free appropriate public education (FAPE) a "reasonable accommodation" standard, or other similar limitation. The clear and unequivocal answer to that is no. Section 104.33(a) guarantees all qualified individuals with disabilities FAPE, which consists of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet the individual education needs of qualified persons with disabilities as adequately as the individual education needs of other persons are met and that are designed and delivered in accordance with the Department's regulation. 34 C.F.R.§ 104.33(b)(1).
Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:44:14 PM »


"Managing Food Allergies at School"

“Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs”

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) - “Safe at School and Ready to Learn: A Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-threatening Food Allergies”

Natl School Boards Assoc

"Food Allergy Management and Education Manual and Tool-Kit"


504 index - Additional Medical Guidelines and/or Considerations

504 index- Examples of accommodation possibilities and/or considerations

504 index - Social, Psychological, and Philosophical Considerations

504 index - Examples of 504 Plans

504 index - Articles and statistics to support accommodation requests

From notnutty's tip thread   10/11/2007

14. A 504 protects my child from inadvertent discrimination, even if it was well intentioned.

15. A IHP can be the major component to a 504 plan.

16. Issues of segregation as a problem are difficult to address and enforce using the perspective of the IHP. The IHP can be great at addressing safeguards, but not leveling the playing field.

20. A ideal model would be where the School Nurse advocates for my child’s medical needs (from a 'medical model' perspective), and where the 504 coordinator advocates for my child’s normalcy needs (from a 'least restrictive environment' model). These two perspectives can be in conflict, the old "safety vs. normalcy" spectrum that we, as parents, struggle with daily. But this is a necessary conversation with members of the school staff who come to the table with these different perspectives.
Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:54:56 PM »

9. What should be in your 504 Plan?

We often get asked by people what they should include in their child's 504 Plan.  Alas, this is a question that we cannot answer for you.  Each child's needs are unique, each school environment is different, and the accommodations that are necessary won't be the same for every child.

I'd suggest having a talk with your allergist (they are experts in allergy, you know your child best) and hopefully, you can get on the same general page regarding what appropriate allergy management in the school environment might look like for your child.  Perhaps consider having this conversation when working with them on the eligibility letter from step 3 in this thread.

You should have a good idea what accommodations you are going to request (writing them is probably best & keeping them to yourself for now) before you enter into formal discussions/negotiations with the school.  You may not end up getting all of the accommodations that you want, but you need to know where your "lines in the sand" are, the necessary accommodations over which you can't compromise on.


***UPDATE*** ADA/other Federal laws require the administration of Epi-pens?
Also, if you're asking what do you ask for in your child's 504 plan, the reason you're not finding it spelled out is that plans are individual and tailored to each child's needs in their school.

Some of the basics to think about would be:

1.  Food brought into the classroom by parents/teachers/others.
2.  Food used as part of classroom instruction - even if it's not to be consumed.
3.  Birthdays/holidays/celebrations.
4.  Food rewards for the entire class/grade/school.
5.  Lunch and snack logistics.
6.  Substitute teachers.
7.  Field trips.
8.  Accessibility of medication and trained personnel.
9.  School bus.
10.  Specials classes.
11.  Use of the child's classroom outside of normal school hours (by community groups, tutoring after school, etc.).
12.  Use of the child's desk by others.
13.  Classroom and lunchroom cleaning procedures.
14.  Hand washing to prevent contamination of surfaces.
15.  Special activities need to be inclusive (bake sales, science night, field day, school carnival, etc.)


Although we can't tell you what should be in your 504, there are some general guidelines that can be helpful, issues/approaches that you might want to consider, and additional laws/regulations which you should be familiar with.  I will try to include some of that stuff in the next two steps.

Posted by: LinksEtc
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:28:02 PM »

We've covered a lot so far.  Let's take a break & enjoy a song  ;D.



and I thought this was funny  :)

"I'm new to this, What's a 504?!"

And frankly, FAS are the southern relatives who put 504's on the front porch like their crazy aunts because it is what we do. 


and a poem ...

New School Year?  A poem to share from FAB