PA Son May Not Be Able to Attend School for 1st Week in Ontario, Canada
I never thought I would see this day. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] With school board policy throughout the province of Ontario guaranteeing PA children the *right* to a "peanut free" classroom, my son may not be attending school for the first week for the first time in FIVE YEARS.
I am absolutely beside myself. In working with two different school board districts simply on behalf of my PA son, I have never seen this. In helping countless other PA parents in Ontario get their children safely into "peanut free" classrooms in Ontario, I have never seen this. In speaking with many other Ontario PA parents I have never heard of this.
And yet, in the same school board district that my son attended for both Grade 1 and 2, he will likely not attend school for the first week.
A principal that did not read school board policy like any other principal has read it before and had very different ideas about what a "peanut free" classroom meant (peanut products could be eaten in the classroom, my son had to be removed).
And a superintendent who is tired of dealing with the PA issue, since he considers students as customers and there are not enough PA customers in this particular school board district.
Even with the intervention to-day of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Jesse has to remain at school until the details can be worked out between the principal and the superintendent and then presented to me. Then, I have to see if I even feel comfortable with what they present me.
I have a written school plan which adheres to school board policy throughout the province of Ontario. The principal to-day nixed every single point in my written school plan.
Would this have happened had I not been Nomad Woman? Damn straight. All he had to do was become the principal of the school my children were attending.
I am absolutely beside myself. I understand that in America this routinely happens and students may even miss months of school until things are figured out.
But this is the FIRST time I have ever heard of anything like this happening in Ontario, Canada.
My daughter starts Grade 1 on Tuesday. I spoke with her tonight and she doesn't want to go to school without her brother (makes sense since it's a new school).
You can know school board policy inside out. You can have a comprehensive written school plan that adheres to school board policy. All you have to do is run across one principal who is unwilling to deal with PA. And one that tells you that your PA child will OUTGROW their PA (even after you have explained the three anaphylactic reactions and how that has been blown out the window).
I am so worn out from the last three days of dealing with the principal and vice principal and even superintendent that I can't even cry.
So, lo and behold, even one of the resident *experts* on school board policies throughout Canada finds that it only takes one apple to spoil the whole bunch and your PA child is at home.
I'm ready to blow this pop stand and head to somewhere where there are more PA *customers* at the schools! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
For everyone reading who do have children starting school on Tuesday, my best wishes for a good start to the school year and a great Labour Day week-end! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks for listening. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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