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Do nut free classrooms ask too much from other parents
I've been reading some discussions here and some things that i saw surprised me. I get that parents of PA children want their kids to be safe but it feels like they ask too much of the the other parents. I'm saying this because from what I have read it looks like the teacher demands parents not send in nut treats for the kids without proper notification. Because of this it looks like PA parents are telling other parents that "our family and our child deserve better than yours", since these are demands not discussions. I'm only saying this because it looks like parents are told of a PA kid right at the start of the school year.
Now sometimes busy parents need to stock up on treats for the kids, which means peanut butter and sometimes nut snack bars. Also due to family beliefs or other medical needs nuts may be needed to provide protein in a diet.
So I am just wondering why the parents are told the first day of school or only a few days prior? No one seems to give them enough planning time in their budgets or shopping to prepare. From the context of what I've read on here this is what appears to happen. I am just surprised that PA parents wonder why it is so hard for other parents to comply when these other parents are not given the information well ahead of time. If they were given the information at the start of the summer then they would have the option of planning in these alternative snacks or meeting with the school to discuss switching one of the children out of this class.
This is just something I was wondering about since I saw many people arguing this issue in forums and although I see why parents of PA kids want these classrooms I don't get why they demand them of other parents instead of having parents decide if they want their child to be in the classroom.
Also, why are peanuts allowed in lunch rooms and not classrooms? How is this different as the PA child eats in the lunch room? And, if a child in a nut free class brings in a peanut butter sandwich then that sandwich would be in the classroom just like having a bag of peanuts for snack would be.
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