child has asthma, and his school continually sends him home. Now they
have reported him truant. Where do I look for help on this matter?
Wrightslaw shows me nothing. HELP!!
the school has sent your child home because they think he is ill,
they can't very well say he left school on his own and is truant.
One situation rules out the other. You need to take steps to document
that your child's absences were due to illness. You also need to prevent
this from happening again. Here is your plan . . .
1. Ask the nurse for a copy of the notes or forms she filled
out about your child's visits to her office. If the nurse does not
want to give these copies to you, ask your child's pediatrician to
write a letter to the nurse requesting that she send the information
to him/her. Then get the records from the doctor. Depending on how
the school keeps track of these visits, these notes should show that
your child was sent home because he was too ill to attend school.
one copy for your records. Make sure the pediatrician keeps a copy.
Provide copies of the plan to the school nurse and the principal.
(Meet with them in person to answer any questions they may have.)
The plan will give them clear guidelines from the child's medical
doctor about what the child needs from them in order to attend school.
(The school's Section 504 coordinator may request a meeting to develop
a more formal plan and an evaluation.)
Section 504, 504 Plans & Medical Conditions
504: Summary of Rights l Section
504 on Wrightslaw
Legal Protections. In spite of federal legal protections, however, children with diabetes sometimes face problems in getting the care they need in schools.
504 Plan and Medical Management Plan from the American Diabetes Association
To learn how to advocate for your child, read Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy the Special Education Survival Guide,
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