If you do anything today; print out the news story at the end of this post. I thank Tonya Sweat for sharing it.
I am livid.
While reading it, ask yourself the following; “How would I want this situation to play out for my child?”
Print out the news story and bring it with you when it comes time to discuss your child’s 504 plan at their school. Be ready to show this story to your school officials when they say, “common sense” will prevail. Be ready to ask your school officials what would they do in this instance? Be ready to show this story when they give you a bullet-point one-sheeter and tell you this is what a 504 plan will be.
If you have discussed it already, go back and make sure this is covered.
I have said a thousand times, and said it to school officials at the schools for our kids over the years; the 504 plan IS NOT for just the obvious; it is for the unexpected.
Learn from this story. Blame does no good here and people will do what they need to do to discuss and take action on this specific incident. For us who are not involved: LEARN!
What is the answer? That is for you and your school officials to work out but there are solutions. I cannot comment as to what is right and what is wrong in this particular instance in a broad sense; although I do have personal opinions on this which I will not share because I’m too angry. What I will say is that you can bet your last dollar that this was not listed in the student’s 504 plan. And some sort of provision should have been. And if it was, this WAS NOT the course of action agreed upon.
How do I know? In reality I don’t. But seeing the choices given the student, it is clear there was no plan.
I have stated before that lock downs and evacuation plans need to be discussed. In today’s world these MUST be considered. Not only this instance mentioned in this story, but running low, missing lunch periods, need for administering glucagon, emergency needs during these times of crisis (which includes drills), checking blood sugars, a meeting point out of the building where the nurse can monitor, terms for good weather, bad weather, and anything else you can think of in-between. If you have never thought of this….START NOW.
Let this story be a lesson for everyone. Print it, carry it, and be ready to ask…..”…what should we do to make sure there is a provision for this type thing for my child?”
Get it in the plan. Accept nothing less. Period!
Read, learn, print.
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