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RE: [IPp] Need advice please

Hi Mary Lou,

Maybe it is wimpy of me, but I'd be inclined to get the note and close
the book on this school, saving my energy for the battles to come at the
new one.  I certainly understand your point about establishing a
precedent for others, but I'm a big believer in the "pick your battles"
principle.  I don't think there is any right and wrong in this case,
though, and you should clearly do what will most satisfy your own needs
and values.  Just my 2 cents, since you asked!

Chris Brostrup-Jensen
Father to Brian, age 11, dx'd 6/03, pumping OmniPod since 7/06

> -----Original Message-----
> From: email @ redacted 
> [mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf Of 
> Mary Lou Miller (email @ redacted)
> Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 10:23 PM
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IPp] Need advice please
> Hello fellow Parents-of-Pumpers!
>  Need some advice please. Very close to the end of the school 
> year here in PA.
> Getting hassled by my daughter's school on number of absences 
> (8 so far this school year - anything more than 7 requires a 
> doctor's note). They are insisting that I send a doctor's 
> note for the 8th absence or else it will be declared 
> "illegal". The attendance person even told my husband we may 
> have to go before a judge.
>  Three of Katie's absences were cold/fever related but the 
> other five were diabetes related (frequent low blood sugars, 
> high ketones, fever that required temp basal etc). In my 
> opinion, we have almost 6 years of "on-the-job" training that 
> helps us determine when it is SAFEST to keep Kate at home.
>  The school nurse has generally done a good job with Kate 
> from kindergarten through 5th grade. I asked the nurse 
> verbally to make sure that she included "no doctor's note 
> needed for diabetes related complications". She said it 
> "wasn't her call" and that school district policy would not 
> allow. I just received the
> 504 and before signing made the request in writing.
>  We are going for endo visit Thursday - I'm sure the doctor 
> will give me a note for last week's absence however I'm 
> trying to make a point.
>  Should I just drop it - get the doctor's note - finish off 
> the school year and then work with new nurse/administration 
> in middle school to make sure we get that clause in middle 
> school 504? I doubt very highly they will take us to a judge. 
> If so, I'm comfortable with our position and willing to pay the price.
>  It all seems pretty petty to me but I want to make sure the 
> next child/parents don't run into this same problem.
> Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated!
> Thanks for all you do every day!
> .
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