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Old 11-23-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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My son attends high school school in Seminole County. (I'll keep the school anonymous) I've never had a problem with the school in the past and as a matter of a fact I'm happy with the education that my son has gotten thus far.

Recently, my son has been diagnosed with some medical problems including high blood pressure. About a month ago, he started on some medication and he is being closly monitored. He needs to take his blood pressure every 6 hours in a calm enviornment and take his medication at lunch time. He also is on a strict low sodium diet.

He's been coming home at lunch with my permsission for about a month now and returns to school on time. (He drives and we only live 1/2 mile from the school)The other day the officer at the school stopped him and said he had to have a note from the office.

I took a note to the school today and explained his situation. They said they will need a doctor's note. I got a doctor's note today for my son to be excused for lunch and brought it back to the school. They then called the doctor's office to talk to them about it. The doctor said he has to take his meds and blood pressure at lunch and is on a strict diet. ( I have to cook it a certain way)

They called me back and left a message and said they denied the request b/c they said he can take his meds and bp at school and he can pack fruits and veggies for his lunch. UGH!

This is a child with a new medical condition and has to be monitored closely. When he takes his bp anywhere then home, it's always sky high. I'm trying to follow doctor's orders and address his medical issue.

I went back to the school to tell them I can't believe they denied it. The attendance administrator said she will run it by the principal again to see if he might change his mind and to come back Monday.

My question is if he doesn't change his mind, where do I go next to get the approval overwritten? Meanwhile, I told my son to carry the doctor's note with him to show the officer if he gets stopped. If the officer has a problem, he can call me. I feel this is totally rediculous if you ask me. A doctor's excuse should be more than enough! What are your opinions on this issue?

Sorry for the long post.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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Sorry to hear about your son's medical problems.

It seems to me that if his BP is sky high when he checks it at school, his physician should know that (i.e. he should check it at school).

If you are having to bring him home at lunch in order to lower his BP, then the physician is not getting a true idea of his BP readings throughout the day and he may be undermedicated.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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I agree with idr591. I'm no doctor, but I would think that the goal would be for your child to get your child to function in the environment where he needs to be (whether it be school or college/workforce in 2-3 years). Do you know if your child will gradually gain the ability to remain at school all day or is this a permanent thing?

As far as who to talk to, I would do my best to solve it with the principal. If more talks are needed, then I would go to the district's website and contact someone in the ESE department.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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I see what you are saying, but the doc wants him in a quiet setting. Not only that, I need to also cook his food. They don't offer low sodium diets at the school.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Oviedo, Fl formerly from the Philly Burbs!
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I agree...fruits and veggies are not lunch..they are snack. Where is the protein? Where is the hot lunch? These kids are in school a long time. I would go straight over there heads to the Superintendant. I would be so done right now. I would go right to the administrative building, in person , with the dr. note and the names and dates of the folks denying your child proper medical care in your school....the very next possible day....Monday!
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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I agree...fruits and veggies are not lunch..they are snack. Where is the protein? Where is the hot lunch? These kids are in school a long time. I would go straight over there heads to the Superintendant. I would be so done right now. I would go right to the administrative building, in person , with the dr. note and the names and dates of the folks denying your child proper medical care in your school....the very next possible day....Monday!
Thanks for the support. I was so angry earlier! It's not like I'm just asking for my son to leave for lunch, he has a medical excuse! What is the big deal anyhow?? They said alot of kids just want to go to McDonalds for lunch. I said that's not the reason here. I'm just trying to follow the doctor's recommendations and address my son's health issues.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:23 PM
 
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I totally agree, your son's health is and should be the school's priority.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:47 AM
 
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While I see your point, most of us went to school with a brown sack cold lunch for years. There are plenty of low sodium options that you can pack for him. He does not need a hot meal to control his BP, there are plenty of other options. If you can't come up with any on your own, speak to a nutritioinist.

The school needs to provide a quiet place for him to take his BP--the nurses office or something along those lines, perhaps even letting him go sit in his car in the parking lot. Frankly if his BP is that elevated at school, I think he needs to speak to a psycologist to work through the reasons for it--a slight elevation is to be expected, but anything as dramatic as you are describing has more basis in psycological than medical reasons.

The ADA applies here, but the ADA only specifies reasonable accomodation. If he needs more than the school is willing to offer, you'll have to get him classified and get an IEP, which based on your description I'm not sure he'd qualify for.

Before anyone gets up in arms, I'm a firm proponent of--and have worked in the past as an advocate for--special needs student rights and even successfully sued my sons school district many years ago. But I'm just not seeing where your child needs the level of accomodation you are requesting, and I don't think a court would either.

I'd make an appointment with the principal and ask them to provide various options that would work for everyone without making demands--I guarantee you'll get no where with a "my way only" attitude.

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Old 11-24-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Celebration wannabe...
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I'm sorry Becky I hope you get everything resolved soon so he can get the help he needs...
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:07 AM
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Location: Bangaloretta
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Does he have high blood pressure all the time ? This could certainly be a medical problem as there are umpteen reasons for high blood pressure. I speak from first hand experience as my wife had unexplained high blood pressure in her late teens and most of her 20s. She was put on medication instead of trying to find the root cause. Finally, a cardiac specialist ordered an angiogram and we found out she was born with a section of her abdominal aorta many size too small. As soon as the surgeons bypassed the deformity, her blood pressure returned to 100/70. Becky, I wouldn't want my son on BP medication forever. If you have not done so, go see a specialist and eliminate the medical reasons first.
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