It’s that time of year again. Back to school is exciting but also daunting for parents of children with food allergies. We are always seeking help for our children but sometimes overlook, or are uncomfortable asking for, a proactive and workable Section 504 plan.
Children who have a physician-diagnosed life threatening food allergy qualify for protection and assistance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the “Act”). This Act requires schools receiving federal funds to provide accommodation and assistance to food allergic children. Even though the Act applies to public schools (and many private schools), many private schools that do not receive federal funds will often use the Section 504 plan as a basis for assisting students.
The 504 plan is personal to each student and covers the entire educational experience, from classrooms and lunch to athletics and field trips. It is an essential tool to helping our food allergic children enjoy the safe educational experience that they are entitled to received. Visit the links below for more information and ask your school, pediatrician or allergist:
http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/publications/food_allergies/food_allergies.pdf (specifically for the State of Connecticut)