brainstorming-MFA table???

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:21am
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Okay, my son Jake is going into 1st grade, we have a 504(with some new allergens being added once school starts). His 504 lists peanuts, all tree nuts and eggs as his life threatening allergies, but this summer we had a serious reaction and further testing showed ALL seeds need to be added(sesame being the biggest worry at school), then coconut, and legumes(he's reacted to eating green beans...but allergist says legumes won't be a problem unless they are broke open and the seed is exposed...we avoid at home!!).

Okay, so my question, lunch is going to be a challenge this year I am afraid. So on Monday's the school serves pb&j Uncrustables, so Jake has the PF tabel to sit at, which is fine. Twice a month the school serves an egg sandwich(similar to an egg mcmuffin) so those 2 days Jake is allowed to make his pf table egg free as well(this will just pertain to hot lunches, no cold lunches are allowed unless there is another allergy child(who eats egg) but for now he is the only 1st grader). So how do I handle say the hamburger(served on sesame buns about once a week)....on those days it's possible some of the kids would be sitting next to him eating sesame(which are small and get everywhere, so I am nervous about them coming into contact with his hands or food). It's almost getting to the point that he needs to sit seperate from ANY child...but that would be horrible(but on the same note, almost necessary). I don't know how to balance his emotional well being with his safety. I will need to figure something out because next year his little brother starts Kindergarten and he has all the same allergies PLUS milk(and the milk cartons worry me, as well as the yogurt, and the gooy drippy cheese they serve with nachos...and I've been hit with the cheese myself at lunch!!)....there is no milk-free table.

And suggestions would be appreciated, I need to speak with the principal next week, but I think I need to have some suggestions to help solve the problem...but I'm stumped!

THANKS
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, seeds(all-sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut(also avoiding legumes), trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

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Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:41am
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Chanda-I think the table should be free of the allergens that could hurt the children sitting there. My DD's egg allergy is not as severe as her peanut allergy, so her 504 Plan states that if a child is eating egg salad or something like that---the aid will make sure they are not in close proximity, but can still be at the table. If she was anaphylactic to egg, I wouldn't want eggs around her at that table, either.
If there is a child at my DD's "peanut-free" table who is anaphylactic to milk, I would gladly not send in any milk products (especially the messy things like yogurt, shredded cheese, etc.).
I think the school should use nonsesame seed buns, but that will require some notice. Have you talked to them?
I wish I had an easy answer for you; or an answer, at all. Sorry.
Nicole
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Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:53am
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I agree with both of you(thank you)...but if I limit his table to NO peanut, tree nuts, eggs, sesame(or any seeds, like what if another PA child brings sunbutter??) and beans....he's going to end up sitting there alone. I think if I space(like a chair or two...the table only has 6 chairs) him from his friends, he will feel alone too. what if I put a desk up next to the table, so he'd be close enough, but if anything spilled it wouldn't affect his *area*??? Or, maybe they could put 6 desks in that area(so no actual table) and space them apart so they don't touch, but are close enough so they don't feel alone????
I think the lunch staff comes in next Mon, I'll speak to her about the buns, that would be helpful right there!

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:11am
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Chanda-What about an aid at lunch with him? Someone providing 1:1 supervision so that he does not come into contact with his allergens.

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:15am
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Quote:Originally posted by chanda4:
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I think the lunch staff comes in next Mon, I'll speak to her about the buns, that would be helpful right there! [/b]
The non-sesame buns should be quite do-able!! Surely their bun & bread supplier does a variety of buns -- see if you can't suggest they go to whole wheat, non-sesame buns (NO egg) & stress the nutritional value of the whole grain, plus the easier-clean-up value to the lunchroom crew since sesame seeds are a pain to clean up!!
The "own" desk or mini-table bumped up against a main table sounds like a workable solution & would reduce the risk, I would think.
Just one more challenge, right??! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes?
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
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Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:31am
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Pinkpoodle...there are 2 aides, but they roam the room. I think having them hire someone just for him would be a big pull(I will ask though) I sent an email to the principal to meet, so I'll take my ideas and see what she says to each. I think the 6 desks(or just a desk for him at the end of the table) will be most do-able(I hope, also for my other son next year)...but I'll list the other ideas and see what she says. THANKS for the ideas!!!

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:34am
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Chanda-I think the buns are very important because they probably use them for many different types of sandwiches (chicken, deli, hamburger, etc.). It should be simple enough to get buns without sesame, IMO.

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:36am
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Chanda-The weird thing about my DD having a 1:1 aid at lunch and recess is that I didn't request it; the school had decided it prior to our 504 meeting. I think it was a wise choice on their part given she has multiple allergies.

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:54am
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PP...yes, I guess I need to worry about ALL buns, that is true...geez! The aide would be nice, but you know my school, never would they do something beneficial on their *own*!!!

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 9:15am
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Ben sits at the end of a table that is peanut free. There are 3 aides in the lunchroom and they all keep an eye on him at lunch. We also have the sesame allergy and it makes me nervous too. I did not deal with it last year because I did not know about it. Please share how you resolve it and I will do the same.
Ann

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2007 - 12:58pm
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I heard a recent FAAN newsletter addressed this in calling it a PAL table that encouraged friends that are sensitive to the allergens.
Chanda, is it your school that has only HOT lunch at nut-free table? Ours is proposing going to this and I do not like it. Bascially very few 1st graders buy hot lunch, so that means my DS will be alone for lunch at the peanut free table.

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