For my family, we chose not to set up the 504 plan only because I have been blessed to have had such amazing Teachers thus far who have been incredibly helpful in keeping me posted on classroom activities that might include food. I also think that if you are busy with work and may not have time to be Room Mom for your child's class, why not ask if you can be Room Mom Assistant? Be involved somehow, that will really ensure that you will always know what's going on in your child's class. No surprises! If you are involved in Room Mom responsibilities, then that means YOU get to plan everything, which kind of puts YOU in control of the situation!
If you absolutely can not fit volunteering or being Room Mom/ Room Mom Assistant into your schedule, then always keep the lines of communication open with your child's Teacher. Express your concerns at the beginning of the year and tell your child's Teacher what your expectations are in terms of your child's food allergies. I was fortunate enough to have my child's Teacher from last year give my daughters current Teacher the whole story ahead of time. So, when I slipped her my note about my daughters food allergies she whispered to me, "I know, I would love to set up a meeting with you so that we can talk about all that!"
I am a firm believer that you get more out of life with kindness! So when beginning your child's school year, don't take the negative approach with your child's Teacher. Do not express negative past experiences with your new Teacher, start the year fresh. Stay optimistic, every Teacher is different! Every approach is different so don't think that this Teacher will be like your last. Give him or her a chance at making your child's year successful!
- Remember, stay connected with your child's teacher! By email, phone or messages in the office mailbox.
- Show up at the school as much as you possibly can.
- Try to make it to parties/field trips if possible. If you are unable to attend, make sure the proper precautions are being made to ensure your child's safety!
- Finally, stay optimistic! No Teacher wants a disgruntled angry parent! Anger is contagious! Be kind, smile and you'll see that you will get that in return! Remember it's a team effort!