Does anyone have ideas regarding the definition of peanut safe? My school has been (since the beginning of the year) putting me through gyrations to get my son's 504 designation. The latest stalling ploy involved questions for my frazzled and frankly not-too-savvy allergist. He promptly pawned the definition of peanut safe on me to research. Any ideas? I am thinking of opening with the "strict avoidance is the only safety assurance" but need more something more meaty. Thanks!
On Jun 6, 2006
I think that this should be turned around. By developing specific accommodations to meet the needs of your child, you will then define a peanut safe environment.
While we've seen a variety of definitions of what constitutes [i]peanut-safe[/i], IMHO a peanut-safe school (or classroom) would be one which has in place various policies/procedures/protocols which result in (1) [b]significant[/b] reduction of risk for an allergic student of coming into contact with an offending allergen(s), and (2) well-executed emergency response in the event of an allergic reaction.
On Jun 13, 2006
Hi Nutternomore, Thanks for the response. I have been crazy-busy with year-end school stuff (ugh). I get what you are saying but what I think the school wants is what may constitute a widely-accepted definition of peanut safe. For us, of course, that is a contradiction in terms. Is there a definition for peanut safe that non PAs use, do you think?
On Jun 13, 2006
Isn't this a bit like trying to use a blanket description of
[i]accessible[/i] for all physical impairments??
I mean, just as someone with a mild physical impairment might need elevator access and nothing more, a person with no use at all of their limbs might need additional assistance to have the same level of access.
PA accommodations are not one-size fits all. And according to my understanding of 504 criteria, they are not intended to be anyway. Individual. Like the limitation.
That said, I agree with the previous post which mentioned reducing the risk of exposure, coupled with adeqaute training to prepare for emergency response.
Then I'd point out that other than that, this needs to be about [i]your child's particular needs anyway.[/i]