Pre-K & Peanuts

My son just started pre-k last week and is severely allergic to peanuts. We spoke with the principal about it who stated that there would be signs put up and that my son would be safe, which doesn't seem to be so. There has yet to be signs put up, and today my son came home from school stating a girl in his classroom had peanut butter cookies! I instantly felt like I had been punched in the gut. I am so worried to send him back.

I am unsure of what to do. I know that he's only 4 and could be wrong, but if he's right I'm pretty upset and mad. Any suggestions on what to do or say? Do I talk to the teacher or the superintendent?

By conductor12 on Tue, 09-03-13, 01:37

We have a son who is now in high school. He is airborne to any type nuts. We now know much more than we used to. It is the school responsibility to make your child safe at school. You need to talk with them about a 504 Plan. This is important. If they cannot make it safe then they will have to see your child gets a proper education. We did not know all this, our child went through so much and his life was H---" Now through studying and talking to a lot of people he is now being home school. That was the only way to keep him safe. I would love to talk to you, my email is gigie1970@Aol.com. We have to learn all we can, there are children being laughed at about this problem. He never told us everything until he got older. The teachers or at least some would have it in the rooms. You would not believe the times I picked him up sick. He was young and afraid to say anything. There was kids that would tell him they hated him. He was more of a adult than myself. I would have been in the office everyday. He was bullied so much. We are talking about a child who makes all A's. Please don't wait take care of this now. The state is behind you. Our doctors even sent cd's for the kids in the class room to watch, just incase he needed help. So they would understand. We don't know what happen to the cd's but the kids never seen them. There are so many people out there that don't understand, at least not until it its home. Go to your board of education and if that don't help go to the state. If you have to call in the news, protect your child. He has rights, make them do something now the shots don't always work. You as a parent have to do this. Believe me they won't if you don't stay after them. I wish you the best and May God Bless you and yours.

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By luliflower on Mon, 09-02-13, 22:32

Hi my children stared to go to public school, my oldest one she is 9 and she suffers of peanut allergies I am from texas and I when I went to register my kids. I asked them about the school guidelines but before that I had login on the internet to read and to get inform. Anyways my daughter has so many rights in school. She has a right to have her own table at the cafeteria that saids peanut free. Also the teacher needs to know how to administrate the epi pen as well as the principal of course the nurse too. All the cafeteria crew needs to have some kind of training when it comes on having a student with peanuts allergies. I personally talked to my daughters teacher and I explain it to her that my daughter can go to shock and they made a peanut free classroom.

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By Mrsdocrse on Mon, 09-02-13, 11:37

Dear Pnot09
Scary for sure.... You have a right to be concerned. I would contact the teacher and principal directly first. See what the story is. Have you spoke to your doctor about a 504? Does your child have an "action Plan?" My son submits one every year. Hope you resolve your issue.

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By Ayso on Sun, 09-01-13, 22:52

When my son started daycare he was 1 year old with PA and nuts. The director and all staff took it very suriously and show a lot of interest in learned how to use the epipen. There are signs everywhere and also they took out of the menu things that may have peanuts. I also work with children and the first thing I ask the parents is about any allergy. I suggest that you have another meeting with the director and the teacher and if they can not guarantee that you son is going to be safe just change daycare.

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By kricar on Sun, 09-01-13, 16:36

After reading the posts I should have added that I arranged for my daughters allergy doctor to visit her new school to show her new teacher how to properly administer the epi pen if she ever needed too. One important thing to remember don't get worried if you're offending anyone or annoying anyone this is your child's safety and no one will look out for them like you.

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By ketial on Sun, 09-01-13, 16:20

I am so sorry to hear that, my son is starting kindergarten and we had the same fear, I would contact your school superintendent's office and try to set up a meeting with them, principal, nurse, and classroom teacher. I would also suggest asking for a 504 plan this is a federal documentation which will help the school to meet your child's individual needs to his food allergy. Remember that the school is legally responsible for your child's well being while he is in their care. It would be to their advantage and yours to work together to get something in place to make sure your chd is as safe as possible. Also get your pediatrician and allergist involved, ask them to write letters explaining your sons severe peanut allergy and also ask for lab results to provide to the school administrators. The more information you have to back you up with, the better. It was a battle for me with my school district but with the help of my district nurse, my son now has a one-no one aid in his classroom who carries his epi-pen for him, she is also in the lunch room, playground and is trained to recognize anaphylaxis symptoms and to give the epi-pen if need be. There are signs placed in the school, peanut free table in cafeteria, no peanut products served in the cafeteria anymore. The school will listen to you, but you have to make them listen. Good luck

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By Robinb616 on Mon, 09-02-13, 03:40

I am also having a difficult time with my daughters school. How did you go about getting he 504 plan ? They try to tell me that teachers are not authorized to give the epi pen and they keep her epi pens locked in the nurses office 2 floors away. She is 11 and he doctor doesn't feel confident that she could self administer. I am constantly worried while she is in school an cannot get them to understand how serious this could be. I appreciate any advise you could offer.

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By renee palmer on Mon, 09-02-13, 18:55

My daughter is 7 years old and she has carried her epi-pens on her since starting kindergarten. I started teaching her how to use since she was diagnosed. She has moved up from epipen Jr to Auvi-Q. Her allergist was amazed when she demonstrated how to use it without hesitation. The nurse's office is less than 5 mins from her classroom. You know how important time is if she had a reaction. You know your child, you make the decision how to handle her allergy not the school. I supplied them with the Emergency Action Plan from FAAN, they didn't even have one.

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By Lolo430 on Sun, 09-01-13, 15:48

I too have a son with a peanut allergy who is in preK. His daycare is supposed to be completely peanut free and there are signs everywhere stating so. However, we have had issues in the past with them allowing things "processed with peanuts" and I even walked into the classroom on his first day in a new room to find the children playing with peanut-filled candy like they were toys! I could not believe my eyes and was even more shocked to learn that his caregiver didn't know he had an epii-pen and they couldn't find my son's epi-pen for 15 minutes. Needless to say, we called the daycare's corporate office to make them aware of the issue and then had a meeting with the director and caregiver to discuss the situation. Everything has been fine since and I feel much safer taking my son there.

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By jenibop on Sun, 09-01-13, 15:36

Is he going to a public or private school? Last year my son was in kindergarten and I too was paralyzed with fear that he was going to come into contact with PB! What my school did for me was put into writing the expectations they had from me and what the expectations I had for them. This was his emergency action plan. He also had under the 504 plan a "shadow" during lunchtime that sat near him at the PB FREE table.

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