Re: [IPp] Canada and 504 type plan
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- Subject: Re: [IPp] Canada and 504 type plan
- From: lance troian <email @ redacted>
- Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 23:54:02 -0700
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I drew up a plan based on the Americans 504 last year for my daughter
for the same reason that you did. Our principal agreed it was important
and signed it. I know we are very lucky and have a very concerned
principal. Other friends in our district have tried and have been
refused even after they pointed out what our school has in place. I was
very specific in my plan of what I expected to occur with Megan. By
the way she is in grade 2 and has had diabetes since JK. I have never
had a request turned down by our principal but everything is based on
individual schools here it seems.
Debbie mom to Megan 7 dx'd @4, Madison, 5 and Gillian 2
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> I have always been envious of our American friends and the protection that
>their children can receive at schools with a good 504 plan. Here in Canada we
>have no such protection and our kids' needs are addressed on an ad hoc,
>school-by school or district-by-district basis.
> Claire is 9 and has had dm since she was 2. She is in grade 4, and is now in
>her 5th different school (6th if you count pre-school) including one in the
>two in Ontario, and two in BC. I found that every teacher, principal and
>had different approaches to dealing with her and her diabetes. The result of
>this ranged from me pulling her out of school due to concerns about her
>worrying a lot about her often, and then to now basically not worrying too
>at all, but going to the school everyday at lunchtime to review her bg and
>decide on the appropriate lunchtime bolus.
> Now that we are not going to be moving again (I love my house and new
>I wanted to get a bit more of a formalized thing written out at the school,
>something that would be in place from year to year at this school, and would
>serve as a starting point when Claire goes to Middle School. I actually tried
>do this last year and the principal ignored me and I didn't have the time to
>follow up due to other medical problems being dealt with. So this year again,
>I'm trying to accomplish this.
> What I did was to write out a pretty basic list of "Claire's needs" and "my
>needs" to ensure her medical requirements were met. I didn't ask the school to
>do anything like review bgs, or to interpret numbers etc. Rather the list
>contains stuff like allowing her to have a water bottle, ingest dextrose when
>and wherever required, allowing her to carry her kit and test bgs when needed,
>be allowed time to finish her lunch, etc. My needs included things like being
>informed our a change in school routines and being allowed to go on school
>trips if I deem it necessary. I asked the principal to sign that he agreed
>these requests and would endeavour to have any of his staff supervising Claire
>to adhere to these things.
> He has refused to sign this, saying that if things are going well, what is
>need for it? Of course the answer is that a different teacher or principal
>coming in unexpectedly might not allow these necessary things to take place. I
>then asked him who his supervisor is that I could talk to, to discuss this
>issue. He backtracked from that and kept trying to get me to say that things
>fine without him signing the list, but then eventually said that he would have
>to get the schoolboard's nurse to come and have a meeting and she would write
>something up based on a meeting.
> My question here is, have any of you in Canada had any type of thing like
>in writing? I know that many of us have verbal understandings only. Have
>principals or district superintendents signed things for you? If so, what
>did they take? I'd love to have some precendents to cite, but I certainly
>mind being the first either.
>Thanks for any input.
>Barbara, Mum of Claire 9, pumping 2.5 years
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