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504 Plan (Should You or Should You Not)




I went back and forth on the idea of if I should or should not get a 504 plan in place for Peyton when she started school.   I don't have a stigma on labeling her food allergies as a disability if it means she will be accommodated at school for them.   We almost lost Peyton when she was 3 years old due to her anaphylactic reaction to eating a cashew, and we've had close calls with her just being in the room smelling foods that "may contain".  With that being said, it was a no brainier decision for me and my husband to request a 504 Plan.  My daughters elementary school has been so wonderful in accommodating her needs, even prior to getting her 504 plan in place.  But, the question at hand is...is this the  right for your child?  

Getting a 504 plan in  wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  Between the 504 coordinator at my daughters elementary school, her teacher, school principal, and my husband and I.....

 we sat down and mapped out the accommodations that would be needed to keep her safe and give her the same learning environment as any other child.  I've included some links to a few websites that helped me narrow down my decision on establishing a 504 plan for my daughter. 

https://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy/section-504-plans

http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/page/sample-section-504-plan-for-food-allergy.aspx

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