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which of us has not felt the need to ask for a school/ classroom to be peanut free?
Just reading Cindys threads and had to really think hard.
I have never pushed for a complete ban on Peanut in the class room , or school( did consider it at one point).
Let me explain, all teachers once in the 'know' about allergies, agree that peanut butter/ nuts, etc in cookery are not to come in to Williams classroom.
Peanuts do come in the school via sweets and snacks ( eg sinicker bars) that mothers bring in to celebrate birthdays. These are handed out at end of day , and children encouraged to eat them once they have met mothers etc in the playground before going home.
Head teacher has asked for parents not to bring in peanut/nut products in to school in packed lunches. That was some time ago , I know that some do have peanut butter sandwiches, but a great many have followed the heads request.
I have to also work with the other food allergies, like egg , which crops up quite often in cookery lessons. Sometimes these lessons can be worked out to safely included William.
I would never ask for an egg free school either, or a bean free school.
If there was a problem, other methods of allergy avoidance would have to be suggested and implemented within the school.
I am never going to ask the head to proclaim that the school is nut/peanut free. Things work better if I directly involve each class teacher/ class room assisitants in Williams care.
I feel uncomfortable with nut bans, for nut bans we need nut inspectors! Someone continually checking to see if a school is nut free. I can hardly see that happening in a busy school.
Of course as a PA child grows older they should automatically start to avoid food that may contain allergen as a matter of habit. ( hmmm, perhaps not habit, but survival)
This does not mean that I disagree with other parents here, who have pushed for complete bans, but simply to put across that all of us have different methods of keeping our school age children safe.
Protocals in schools are meant to be idividual.
What works for some children , may not work for others.
I push for allergy awareness in those in Williams care, and for William I spend time preparing him for avoidance of his allergic food in a world that will always contain them.