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504 plan in high school - weird rule?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by spamid, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. spamid

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    My dd is entering high school this fall (AHHH!) and I have a meeting with the 504 coordinator Monday. We haven't had no penalties for absences or tardies related to diabetes stipulated since elementary school in the 504, and have had no issues. The counselor said to add that to the 504 in high school, we would have to have a note every 20 days from the doctor? That sounds weird, we already have the health care plan and the 504 states she has a documented disability. Surely they aren't suggesting we go see the endo every 20 days? Anyone heard of this? I can't find anything in the Texas Education Laws nor the district school policy that addresses it.
     
  2. CAGrandma

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    Makes sense if there is a chance her diabetes will disappear during the 20 days.:D
     
  3. Sarah Maddie's Mom

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    I'm sure that when you actually sit down and meet it will become clear that the 20 day stipulation is not applicable to a chronic medical condition. I'm sure it was written in with regard to broken legs and cases of mono and the like.
     
  4. spamid

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    That's what I think. And apparently, I am the 1st parent to ask for this, it seemed to floor the 504 coordinator.
     
  5. selketine

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    What is the note supposed to say? That your child still has diabetes? I'm just curious what the person expected to read in the note (no matter how silly that is - LOL!).

    I had a difficult time getting this provision in the 504 - in fact they refused and I didn't push. With him being younger it didn't matter so much - of course high school and middle school it is a major issue. They were VERY insistent on going by their established policy for being sick but I doubt it deals well with tardies based on illness.
     
  6. hawkeyegirl

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    I'd ask if a note from the doctor stating that he has an incurable disease would suffice. And promise that you'll let them know first thing when a cure is found. :rolleyes:
     
  7. MamaBear

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    LOL.

    Last year for our school the endo filled out a "chronic illness form". See if you can get one of those. Otherwise honestly I would tell them that you would be happy to supply the note if they agree to pay your specialist co-pay.:rolleyes:
     
  8. Michelle'sMom

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    We're in Texas & were told for long-term, continuous absences (mono etc), the state requires a note from the attending dr. Our school enforces this on my 16 yr old nephew for absences related to his cancer & treatments. Apparently when the state inspects the school's files, they do check for dr's notes.

    We do have absences/tardies included in our 504 plan. We are only required to provide a note if the absence is due to endo visits (we drive 7 hrs to the endo, so she misses a full day each visit). If I check her out at any time for any dr visit, I have to provide a note or it's considered an unexecused absence. She has only had 1 D-related tardy in the last 2 years & I just wrote the note.

    Except for losing points off her PE grade for endo appts & d-care, we haven't had any problems. That issue is one on our list for our 504 meeting, hopefully next week.
     
  9. spamid

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    I know one thing I am doing this year is having all our correspondance in writing. I requested the meeting last week, and she called me today to set it up. I sent her an email back confirming the time and date, and letting her know we travel to Dallas for my DD's endo (~ 100 miles), in case she's thinking it's easy to run to the doctor and pay the copay for a note. Documentation is good! (Insert evil laugh)
     
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    My son is going into 6th grade in the fall. When I took in a copy of my son's 504 and care plan, the secretary actually told me he would have to be approved to have diabetes. I laughed- I asked if they would please not approve it so it would go away! Then I found out they wanted to approve allowing him to deal with it. Someone there tried to tell me he would just have to treat it at home before school. :eek:
     
  11. Michelle'sMom

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    Oh my!:eek::eek:

    Sounds like you have your work cut out for you as far as educating the school. Good luck!
     
  12. MamaBear

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    Oh good lord. I also want to wish you luck with that!
     
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    Oh good Lord! Bless her little heart, that secretary must be from an alien planet that discriminates against those with chronic conditions.:rolleyes:

    Call the ADA if they give you any resistance.
     
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    I would also suggest keeping a photocopy of all doctor's notes, etc. that you turn in for tardies and absences. A high school friend had a situation where a couple of notes were misplaced by the attendance office and it was a pain to get them re-done. It's a much bigger deal in high school where it may affect a grade or the ability to exempt from a final exam.
     
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    I read the OP's original post and I interpreted the 20 days to be for every 20 days that he misses school he has to get a doctors note to return.
     
  16. alismom

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    The high school that I teach at has an attendance policy, after 28 absences the student is denied credit for the course. The parent can appeal this with a letter from a doctor. I would have your endo write one letter stating that your child may be absent due to high/low blood sugars or illness. This is usually sufficient.
     
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    That's how I saw it -- if he misses 20 days, he needs a note from the endo team that explains he had legitimate reasons to miss those 20 days. Not that he needed a note sent to the school every twenty days to say that he "still has the chronic disease."
     
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    I had to chuckle to myself! That is something I would come up with!
     
  19. MegaPug

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    Wow! Here, they only allow 3 missed days w/o a doctor's note or else they lose credit (at the Jr. & Sr. High level). Even when a nurse calls us to pick up our child with a fever, it's still unexcused unless we take them to a doctor.

    We had a bad year with my older two non-D children... can't wait until we have to deal with that with Meg. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Connie(BC)Type 1

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    I have to prove to Canada Taxation I have diabetes every 5 years..........I'm 52 and still not cured......:rolleyes: I keep asking them if they're keeping the cure a secret from me, my Doc always laughs when he signs my forms and initials my letter.
     

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