Parenting

Children with Celiac Disease: Managing What a Child Eats in School

What does the 504 plan include, and how is it enforced

Your child can be the smartest one in the room and have celiac disease, which can cause him or her to suffer physically. Not receiving the proper nutrition from the school cafeteria violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973 and federal funds can be withheld from the school.

The academic and medical records of a student, plus interviews with the student and parents, are used to determine if a child is eligible for a 504 plan. If there is a disagreement, parents can write to the school district or the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.

Placing a student under a 504 plan gives the school staff the responsibility for implementing the accommodations in the plan. The 504 plans also include the cafeteria staff.