Making school peanut free
My 8 year old daughter is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. She was diagnosed when she was 2 years old after touching peanut butter and tasting it. She immediately went into anaphylaxis shock. After Benadryl and a trip to the ER she recovered quickly. Since then my husband and I have been very pro active with her schooling. We only sent her to peanut free preschools and I would alway be apart of all camps and activities. When it was time for her to start kindergarten my real fear was realized. The public school is not peanut free and we tried to find a private school but that was too pricey. So we got her a 504 plan and I have inserted myself in school as much as they would allow. I have been class mom every year, joined the PTA, I have worked with them on safe snack lists, educating them on treatments and how to make the classrooms safer. Recently the school has been very lax on their policies. Peanut products have been allowed to entered the class room. Teachers have eaten peanut products in the same class as my daughter and they have not watch the children in the lunch room and allowed them to sit at the peanut safe table. People don't realize how one mistake can kill my daughter. Allergy children do not have a choice about this matter. They did not choose this and can't control it. I want to propose to make the school peanut free. I want to have all classrooms peanut free and have the school stop serving pb&j or products that are not peanut free.
So my question is are there any policies or laws for NJ that can help me make this happen? Is there anything I need I know or that can help before my meeting next week?
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