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PB in classroom! Help needed ASAP!
I am in desperate need of help, and I don't know if im posting in the right spot or if this should be under the schools section, but i really need help ASAP! Now, I have posted in the past how great my son's daycare is, how much i adore the staff, how great i thought they were bc they keep the epi pen in the room, etc., but recently there have been several issues that are making my trust in them waiver somewhat. I recently posted a post about people (my mom and my daycare staff) feeding my son foods without reading the labels. He is only 11 months, and has no way of communicating in the event of a reaction. His one "serious" reaction he didnt have any blatantly obvious signs like hives, etc. This subject has been weighing heavily on me, and I have been trying to make every reasonable measure to ensure his safety. Now, I know many will suggest just switching daycares, and obviously i will do whatever is necessary to keep my son safe, HOWEVER, switching daycares and finding something else appropriate for my son may just not be that easy. this is literally considered one of the best daycares in my city!
Yesterday when I picked my son up, I asked the lead teacher if I could take a look at his epi pen so I could check the expiration dates, just to make sure. She said yes, and then she proceeded to tell me that another child had brought pb sandwich for lunch - and they gave it to him. My heart sunk, and i thought i was going to throw up. i walked into the office and spoke with the director briefly about this. I explained that there had been at least one instance where he had been fed foods without labels being read (and i still dont understand why - i supply snacks) and that there was pb brought into the room and fed to the child. She already knew about this - the lead teacher had discussed it with her already. i asked which/how many of the rooms were peanut free, and she told me that none of them were, and its not likely they ever would be. she explained that the idea of making the center peanut free had been brought to the board, and the head of the board (a physician and a mom nonetheless) was the most strong opponent to the idea (she didnt however give a reasoning for why). so basically she said that pn werent served at the school, but others are allowed to bring in, and that when they get older they do a cooking class in the kitchen, and that there is a good likelihood that pn/pn products/may contain/processed ons would likely be used. she said that approx 15 kids have food allergies out of 300-350. honestly, i could understand if i was making a wacky request such as that no one be allowed to bring in egg, diary, meat, etc., because i want my son in a vegan environment just because thats what i want. i am asking them to take care of my sons life and his SAFETY be eliminating *one* thing from the center (or even his room!), as it is there are already a significant amount of food restrictions, as it is a jewish daycare and food is kept kosher, and no meat at all is allowed! She told me it wasnt likely that it would ever be peanut free but somehow they "make it work" for the kids.
Im sorry, but "making it work" isnt good enough! Now, i dont completely understand all of this and PLEASE correct me if im wrong, but wouldnt my son qualify for section 504/ADA? how can i check whether the daycare is required to adhere to the ADA? it was my understanding that anywhere that received federal/government $ of any sort is required to adhere. DES pays a portion of my daycare, does that count? they also participate in (i opted out) of some sort of federal food reimbursement program to pay for meals, and children of families with food stamps also are automatically granted free lunch (again, he's 11 months old, so it hasnt been a major issue until now, and i opted out of the federal food program as they only served a generic brand of enfamil lipil formula, only milk based, and he is on soy).
I dont even know what to do, or where to start. i am so disgusted right now that i cant even think straight, and im sure ive forgotten stuff or didnt explain the situation well enough.. can anyone help me out here??? what do i do? who do i speak with? please help im about to lose my mind! i am a single mom and cant be out of work, but i cant risk my sons life in the meantime. please help!