What we can learn from this ruling:
1) Schools should be doing evals for 504 Plans for food allergies when the students have already identified themselves.
2) When accommodations are requested & denied, school is required to collaborate with entire team and document reasons against providing accommodations.
3) Districts are required to provide parents access to educational file so that they can review documentation used to make placement decisions.
4) District must provide notice of Due Process Rights when an agreement on accommodations cannot be reached.
5) OCR has not taken a position on allergen-free classrooms. Their view is that Due Process is the proper forum for this decision.
6) Schools should not wait until school has already started to hold 504 meeting. Students with Life-threatening food allergies may be put at risk.
7) OCR may require school district to create a Section 504 Handbook and receive training to establish district wide compliance with the provisions of Section 504.