Mother\'s fight makes Salisbury school nut-free
By Angeljean Chiaramida
Donna and Matthew Pedrone can bring their two young sons to the school Ice Cream Social in June. That would not have been the case, but as of May 1, Salisbury Elementary School will no longer permit any form of nuts on school grounds.
They may have to go without chopped walnuts on ice cream sundaes, but the Pedrones and a few other elementary school parents are breathing sighs of relief because school officials have agreed to the nut ban. The parents spend every day terrified their children will inadvertently come in contact with a nut or nut oil that will kill them.
For about a year, the Pedrones have negotiated with school administrators for a nut ban in Salisbury because both the boys have severe peanut and tree nut allergies. For Chris, 6, and Nick, 5, a friend's peanut butter breath could be lethal.
"My goal for seeking the nut ban," Donna Pedrone said, "is so my kids will be able to take part in school activities that we've always had to miss because there was a danger they would come in contact with nut products. ... My kids have had to eat lunch alone in their classrooms for fear they'll sit beside someone who brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch."
Salisbury's school kitchen has been a nut-free zone for years, Pedrone said, but the danger for her children and others like them is from cross-contamination when children or parents bring nuts into the school. Such contamination can happen easily. Nuts are everywhere in the child environment