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Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 4:49am
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pStine, please don't think that we all have it right in Canada. Your friend was very fortunate to have had a peanut free school for their child. Each school board and school in my province, Ontario (and also Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia - I haven't been in contact with other provinces and territories Ministries of Education yet)br /
determine their own peanut allergy policy. My son is the first PA student in his school ever so it is a bit more difficult for us but he does have a "peanut free" classroom. From reading a lot of the posts, I did think that perhaps Canadians were a bit more progressive in their knowledge or whatever, but I'm not sure. I think our labeling may be better. Chris from Peanutallergy.com has posted somewhere in here about the carrying of meds. I didn't realize it, but apparently, it can be a problem in Canada also. It just depends. I do think that your problem with your child's ability to have their medication closer (not next door, that is not okay) is worse than ours. Then, there's Prince Edward Island, a very small island province that has a school peanut allergy policy province wide that is extremely progressive. They even supply the epipens! I do know that my son's teacher had had no training on epipen use. As I say, it really depends on where you are and what school board you're dealing with, but somehow, despite the differences, I still get the sense that things are a little bit better here for PA sufferers. It just depends. Best wishes. /p
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Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 6:28am
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pQuote:Originally posted by Cindy Spowart Cook:br /
[b]Stine, please don't think that we all have it right in Canada. Your friend was very fortunate to have had a peanut free school for their child. Each school board and school in my province, Ontario (and also Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia - I haven't been in contact with other provinces and territories Ministries of Education yet)br /
determine their own peanut allergy policy. My son is the first PA student in his school ever so it is a bit more difficult for us but he does have a "peanut free" classroom. From reading a lot of the posts, I did think that perhaps Canadians were a bit more progressive in their knowledge or whatever, but I'm not sure. I think our labeling may be better. Chris from Peanutallergy.com has posted somewhere in here about the carrying of meds. I didn't realize it, but apparently, it can be a problem in Canada also. It just depends. I do think that your problem with your child's ability to have their medication closer (not next door, that is not okay) is worse than ours. Then, there's Prince Edward Island, a very small island province that has a school peanut allergy policy province wide that is extremely progressive. They even supply the epipens! I do know that my son's teacher had had no training on epipen use. As I say, it really depends on where you are and what school board you're dealing with, but somehow, despite the differences, I still get the sense that things are a little bit better here for PA sufferers. It just depends. Best wishes. /p
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thank you cindy for your insight. I will be meeting with my sons school in three weeks. I need as much info as I can get on peanut free schools. Today is my first day on this sight and I have appriciated all your comments on the other boards as well. You seem very informed!I feel relieved to have found you and the many other parents of PA children. thank you! Don't mind my bad typing - I never learned and have only just gotten on the web recently./p

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 6:39am
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pStine, welcome to the board! The Prince Edward Island province wide policy for schools re PA is available for you to download. You could then go through it and see if it is possible for your child's school to implement any of what is in it. I know that I just sent a copy of it to a woman from this site, in Texas, that was unable to download it herself. However, if you go to [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] and click on Links and then scroll down 'til you find PEI policy, you'll be able to download Adobe Reader which you need to open the file and the actual paperwork (27 pages) itself. It is extremely progressive. My school board does have a policy and I received another copy of it at the end of the school year. What I'm going to do is go through and highlight where my son's school fell short in different areas. My son is 4-1/2. He had his 1st year of school last year and when I went to the school for the 1st meeting I was told that he would be sitting beside other kids eating pb. I completely freaked. I got my wits together enough to know to call the school board and see if they had a policy which thankfully they did. Then, the school was able to implement a "peanut free" classroom for him which worked great. He had to start a couple of days late. But, I didn't really know anything about having to educate the school and stuff so last year, I just went over what to look for in a reaction and what emergency procedures to follow (he is anaphylactic). This year, I have been asked to come in before school starts to speak with the principal and his teacher (I'm very fortunate he has the same teacher again this year who was simply wonderful). Then, the principal has also asked me to speak with The School Council and I would like to speak with The Fundraising Committee. So, for me, I'm trying to find out what information to give them without overwhelming them or getting them angry with me. It's a very fine line. Anyway, welcome and best wishes!/p
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Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2000 - 5:40am
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pThe Minister of Education for Ontario is quite pleased with what are considered reforms to the education system in our province. Based on information she sent me regarding the reforms, I decided to write her a letter regarding a province wide policy re PA in the schools like the one PEI has rather than having it from school board to school board across the province. I explained that I thought since they were putting other reforms in place it might be a good time to implement this also. If anyone would like a copy of this letter as something to base a letter to her yourself on, please let me know by posting below. Best wishes. I will try to post the actual letter if I can and also I will definitely post a reply if I get one from her./p
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Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 8:55am
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pI was just wondering if anyone knows where Cindy has gone? She is usually such a frequent poster and I haven't seen anything for awhile. I hope she is on vacation or just having too much fun to post on the boards. Let me know if anyone knows, please./p
pLinda/p

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 10:28am
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pHey, I was wondering the same thing...CINDY where are you??? tkiaml/p

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 11:34am
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pI think what happens (i know it happens to me) is that you go thru cycles where for a week or two youre reading and responding on the boards two or three times a day...and then you sorta get tired of it after a few weeks, and hardly read anything for a week or two...then you come back! Thats my two cents anyway.br /
But its good to see the "Canadian" board still alive and thriving!br /
As school is just around the corner, we'll all be back into the swing of things. I know i have to prepare a list of safe snacks for my school...anyone's suggestions are welcome!/p

Posted on: Sun, 08/20/2000 - 9:42pm
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pDoes anyone have Cindy's email address? Perhaps if you do you could send a note asking how she's doing?/p

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 1:57am
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pHi fellow Canadians - I've got Cindy's email address. It was under another thread. I haven't really "talked" to her yet, but if anyone wants to email her and let us know how she's doing, post it here please!/p
pEmail at [email]ron.cook@sympatico.ca[/email]/p

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 12:41pm
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pI e-mailed Cindy at that address and it was returned as user unknown! The mystery continues......./p

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