We'll decide whether to "grant" the 504
The following is an excerpt from a conversation to request a 504 meeting with the high school counselor where daughterR will be a freshman.
Counselor: A 504 is not given automatically. We will evaluate R and how she compares to her peers and then determine if she needs a 504 and if we will "grant" her a 504 plan or add academic accommodations to her health plan."
Me: <hesitate>Well she is a good student so I don't understand what you are going to compare to her peers. (really thinking: uh....whaaa?)
Counselor: Most likely then she won't need a 504 and we can add an academic accommodation to her health plan.
Me: <silent> Uh huh. <nod>. Wellll...I'm interested specifically in protecting her if anything should happen during placement or standarized tests/testing and testing and treating anywhere/anytime. (You don't know what you are doing do you cheeseball.)
Counselor: Yes, we can put that in the health plan and you won't have any problems with the teachers and if you do then come and see us and we'll take care of it.
Me: <silent> I see. When do you do your meetings? (I'm pretty sure you can't deny R a 504. Why must you torture me? Now I have to do this and that and type up this and call them <insert never ending internal mother monologue with ratcheted-up colorful language)
I didn't have the energy or the facts to get into it then. I think I'll send him an email before the meeting with my expectations. I actually have great faith in the teachers and school to accommodate R without a 504 but thought I better have one for high school. I was just taken off guard that our wonderful school might join the ranks of 504 horror stories on this forum. I hope it goes smoothly.
I called the ADA just for some advice and their office is currently closed. Doh! Hope everyone there and all of you near VA are safe without much damage from the earthquake.
Laura, mom to girlies
P, 14, T1D dx@10 on 10.14.10, MM Revel-Novolog and Mios
R, 17, T1D dx@14 on 10.18.10, Lantus/Novolog