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Posted on: Thu, 05/13/1999 - 12:04pm
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We registered our son today for kindergarten next fall. During the registration, we met with the Principal, school nurse, office secretary and teacher. We let them all know how seriously we take Tanner's peanut allergy and they were all extremely open to learning what they could do to accomodate us. The Principal agreed to give us as much time as we need during an in-service staff meeting scheduled in August before classes actually begin to do a presentation. All school staff including the custodians and the outside catering service that does the school lunch program will be at that meeting. (We will also be contacting the catering service in the next few weeks to start a dialogue directly with them.)We are planning on an initial 45 minute presentation to everyone starting with the "It Only Takes One Bite" video. We also mentioned that we would be presenting a written action plan to be followed should a reaction occur. The school nurse and Principal both thought that was a great idea so that they would know exactly what the protocol would be. (It would actually help them.) We left the registration feeling that it was a very positive initial meeting and everyone that we came into contact there today was keenly willing to learn more about the peanut allergy in order to help protect our precious little boy. We realize that we still have lots of work to do and will not let our guard down, but feel we are on the way to a cooperative relationship/partnership with the school staff in keeping our son safe.
Good luck to everyone facing new school issues next year.
Mark

Posted on: Fri, 05/14/1999 - 9:19am
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Mark, I am very glad to hear things went well at the school. We registered our son this month for Kindergarten and once his teacher is assigned, we will be meeting with everyone concerned and going over everything with them just as you are.
There is a peanut allergic child in Kindergarten this year and I would love to find out who she is and if the parents are aware of this web site but because of confidentiality, I can't get her name. I guess I could leave my number with the school and have her parents contact me (as someone else suggested).
Good luck to you! I sincerely hope you don't encounter any problems!!
Stay safe.

Posted on: Thu, 01/20/2000 - 5:58am
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This board has some good advice on 504 and schools.
Sue in Sunny Arizona

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