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Old 08-08-2018, 09:30 PM
 
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I just got an email from a parent stating that her incoming kindergartener is blind in one eye and she wants a 504 plan for her. I'm pretty afraid. It's my first year teaching and I don't know what to do. How much will I have to change? Will there be weird stipulations about desk placements, or testing arrangements? Classroom management is a huge worry to me and as terrible as it sounds, I wish I could just have a cookie cutter class for my first year of teaching. I'm also worried I won't do a good job, or I'll fail to meet her 504 and get my license revoked, or that she'll learn nothing in class.

Any advice to calm my nerves? Is there anything I can do to prepare before the 504 is written?

Edit: Thank you for the comments! Last night I was freaking out a little bit after reading a bunch of things online. I already have a seat picked out for her that has her back against the window and her right eye on the side of the board, and parent night is tomorrow so hopefully I'll be able to talk with her mom and make sure thats fine. Today I'll probably bring it up with one of my co-teachers who has experience with all this too.



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Take a deep breath. This is ok, and not something to get worked up over. I know the first year teaching everything feels like a big deal, but this is really not one of them. (And, sorry to burst your bubble, there is never ever a cookie cutter class.)

A 504 is not an IEP. The parent has only indicated a vision issue, not a learning issue, so there won't be individualized instruction or modifications - just accommodations so that the student has an equal opportunity to be successful in the classroom. Yes, there might be accommodations about seating - you wouldn't want her sitting with her good eye facing the wrong direction, would you? I wouldn't think there would be testing arrangements - this is kindergarten, right? I suppose one provision could be, "will place assessment materials within line of sight for working eye." The parent might also be concerned about their child's safety during PE, so alerting that teacher would be a good idea.

Schools typically have a 504 coordinator that will meet with you and the parent to discuss and then write up the plan. Down the road, if something about the plan isn't working, you can have another meeting to adjust. Honestly, it's probably going to be easier to accommodate this kiddo than one with a broken leg. It's really ok.
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Your district should have a vision specialist teacher. Send an email asking if she will give you ideas for the 504 meeting. Like the previous poster said, this isn't something to worry about.
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504’s are pretty basic. I would put her in the front of the room, 504 or no.

I would also see if there’s a vision specialist in the district (a sped teacher or your principal can help you with that) and get some tips and tricks from her.

There’s also someone that will coordinate the 504, it won’t be you. It’s usually the school nurse.

Mom just wants to know her DD’s needs are being met and just because she wants a 504 doesn’t mean she’ll get one (although she probably will since they’re easier and the kid doesn’t have a limiting disability). But if you meet with the vision specialist you can go into the meeting with a list of things you’re already doing. It will make you and mom feel better and you won’t have to make huge changes.

2 things she’s may suggest offhand are:
1) sit her closer (that’s cookie cutter)
2) make a larger copy so she can see the print better
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You will learn so much from every non cookie cutter kid. Do you have a mentor? Don't ever feel bad about questions! If you are ever stuck or don't have a mentor, ask a sped teacher or counselor. Typically they will help or point you in the right direction.


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