question about peanut free classroom
I am not trying to cause an issue here - I want to make that known up front. Looking for feedback.
My son, in 2nd grade, is going to be in a peanut free classroom this year. This is fine, we have cousins with severe peanut allergies that we spend time with often. We know to wash anything he brings/wash his hands and face/not send anything with peanuts/etc. Homemade snacks are good for this, we have plenty of healthy baked goods we make that are peanut free plus the kids LOVE veggies, fruit, cheese, etc.
However, most of these won't necessarily be allowed in the classroom. We just got the list and it lists only specific brands of snacks (we don't often buy brand name, we buy store brand, because it's cheaper), plus it also forbids bringing any fresh fruit or veggies (must all be prepacked) and forbids home baked bread, etc. The allowed snacks list is a diabetic coma waiting to happen (and all expensive).
The child in question is hyperactive. Too much sugar and he is off the wall, so sugary snacks are out. Often fruit cups have extra sugar, but we can't pack fruit sliced up on our kitchen (even though we would wash it carefully). I guess the point is - it's gone beyond peanut free to banning anything that might possibly have been prepared on machines that might have processed peanuts. And it also requires the purchase of brand names and does not allow fresh fruit and veggies.
Parents of peanut allergic kids - is there some sort of compromise that could be found here, like educating parents on the need to wash fruit, etc instead of banning fresh stuff, and finding ways to not require brand name snacks? We want to keep other kids safe, but this feels like it goes above and beyond. Our cousins agree...I guess I just wanted feedback on if there is a compromise and if so, how to approach.
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