I finally did call up each school to try and set up an appointment, only the school we are not zoned for (which is the closer school) wouldn't even talk to me unless I called the district first. Even then, they wouldn't know if they could enroll Elise until 1 week before school started. Ummmm, no. That's a deal breaker!
So we set up an appointment for the school we are zoned for, and took Elise. I was a little wigged out by how secure the school is. I mean, I understand (and am very saddened by) the need for it. But it makes me a little antsy being locked away from my kid that way. Is it just me?
Anyway, we met with the nurse and the principal and were so impressed by what we saw. We spent two hours asking questions, and felt pretty good about their answers. The nurse is very business-like (but had great rapport with Elise), and is very, very pro-504 plan. In fact, she said they had a T1 show up last year (he's no longer there) without one and they very quickly sat down with the parents to get one in place.
And the part that has us feeling pretty good about this being the school for Elise? The nurse's brother is a type 1, who was dx'd at the age of 3. He now lives with her and she helps care for him.
All through Elise's short schooling career, I feel like everything has just fallen into place; her first pre-school teacher had type 2. Her second teacher (who she also has for her last year of pre-school), has been amazing and does such a great job of taking care of her. Our pre-school has worked with us to make sure we feel comfortable and Elise is safe.
And now the nurse in her new school has t1 experience. Really, what more could I want?
I do have a few more questions as I start thinking about Elise's 504:
- For those of you who pod, where do you keep the PDM?
- Is it normal that you cannot just tell the nurse to make a change on the fly? Like cancelling a temp basal that you had started before your child left for school that morning? It sounded like anything the nurse does (aside from straight-up bolusing, or correcting using the pumps suggestions), has to be approved by the doctor.
- Can you put into the 504 that you have the final say in daily changes and the nurse doesn't have to contact the doctor for those?