I studied and wrote many plans for individual student’s education called IEPs.
These are plans designed to meet the educational needs of your student that is receiving special education services. There, however, is another plan out there that many may not know about and is just as important.
It’s called a 504 Plan, and you, if you have not yet, should really look into this plan for your child.
According to the USDA, “when in the licensed physician’s assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of ‘disability’.”
FARE recommends that parents of children with food allergy create, in collaboration with their school, a written food allergy management plan. One type of plan is called a 504 Plan, which is available under a federal civil rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Like I have stated many times before, I am not in a country that is yet versed or advanced yet for children like my son, so the school that we are attending is learning with my son’s very attendance on how to properly care for an allergy child. I am grateful that they want to learn. This is huge.
As an allergy-parent with a kid finally entering kindergarten alone, this is also a new and scary world for me, too. Perhaps you are where I am. Where your allergy-kid is attending, for the first time, public or private school, and you are not sure where to go or what to do to ensure your child’s safety.
Hopefully this post will help guide or direct you on how BEST you can advocate for your child’s educational care, safety, and needs.
The greatest thing you will also have to remember is that this is your right as a parent. This is your student’s right as a student. There is no shame in advocating for your child and seeking a plan to remind the school that they need to address his/her needs. This makes you a mom or dad with the best mission of all: fighting for your child’s life while providing him/her the best education out there!
I hope you find the following information as helpful as I have:
Side note: a private school must be receiving federal funding in order for the need to comply to the 504 regulations.
If you have any other sites regarding children and education in regards to allergies, I’d love for you to link them in the comments. Also, remember that sharing is caring because there are probably many other parents out there like you and me walking this road for the first time and in need of good and proper help and direction, so please share freely to help the moms or dads out there just like me!
Be blessed, fight hard, and keep that kid safe.