School problem. What do I do next?
Hello, I am new to this board. I am a parent of a nut allergic six year old girl. I failed her this year by sending her to an unsafe school. I did not do enough to protect her or educate the school and my reaction caused more harm.
My daughter attends a small private school without a nutrition policy. Food allergic children are not separated at lunch time or cooking class (which regularly includes peanut butter). Parents and teachers bring in treats for birthdays and parties. One parent brings cookies and brownies daily. My daughter had one mild allergic reaction at school this year. She ate a "bar" containing seeds. She was wheezing when I picked her up from school. I discussed my concerns with the teacher and the administration. Nothing happened. I wrote a letter denying the school permission to give my daughter food. It was ignored. In fact, the offending parent and teacher upped the ante and brought in even more candy and treats behind my back. Also, I have been labeled the "difficult parent" and recognized subtle retaliation from the teacher to my daughter. The principal, to his credit, has formulated a nutrition policy for next year, but it does not include guidelines for food allergies.
So, what do I do next? Switch to public school where she will be legally protected? Ask the doctor to write the school a letter? I welcome any advice. Thank you so much in advance.
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