Hi Everybody, I have an unexpected issue with my children's school system and am unsure how to (if at all) proceed. I have 2 type1 children in elementary school (5th and Kindergarten). I am extremely fortunate to have an outstanding school nurse (she has been with my 5th grade son ever since he started K). I trust her completely with my kids. The principal is wonderful and accomodating and the guidance counselor is warm and friendly. Last week, my Endo sent out a letter to all of his type 1 parents expressing his grave concern over the impending H1N1 flu with recommendations to vaccinate ASAP and to make provisions to the 504s. He recommended that the following paragraph drafted by ADA be included: "The school nurse or school administrator shall notify the parent if student and/or school staff have been diagnosed with the flu (or another contagious illness that presents a high risk of complications for children with diabetes) so that the parent and the child's health care provider can determine whether the student should stay home from school in order to avoid exposure. Upon request by the school, parent shall provide documentation from the child's health care provider advising the student to stay home. The student shall not be penalized for related absences and shall have access to the same alternative education services as would be provided to any other student who is medically required to remain home under similar circumstances." Later in the letter he again states, "We strongly recommend that you contact your child's school to have ther paragraph added to your child's 504 plan and make certain that you will be notified if and when a swine flu outbreak occurs at the school." I trust my endo and have worked with his team for 10 years in managing my children. I immediately contacted the school and requested that the above paragraph be added to their respective 504s. The nurse, principal and counselor all immediately agreed, but I found out yesterday that when it was sent to central office, they consulted with the school system attorney and the paragraph was rejected. They said they could not tell me if anyone at the school had the swine flu as it violates HIPPA (sp.?) laws and additionally, If I pulled my kids out their absences would be considered unexcused despite the doctor's directive. My nurse, principal and counselor seemed extremely embarrassed and assured me that I would "know" what I needed to know regarding the school's "sick status". So...do I just leave it at that and consider myself very lucky to have a good relationship"off the cuff". I don't want to damage the trust I have built with the school team...but what happens next year when one of my children goes to middle school? I don't know anyone there- no one to get the inside scoop. I'd kind of like to have the safety net in place legally, but don't want to over-react either. I was simply attempting to follow my doctor's orders. What would you do?????