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Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 12:20am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Hi Yonit,
I'm in Ontario, Canada where I don't think that there is one private school that is not peanut free. It seems to be a much different situation in much of the U.S. where private schools are not educated at all in food allergies.
I'm rather angry that here in Ontario, those who can pay the price can have the most protection. It's really not fair, and very un-Canadian.
I don't know what to recommend to you, as I don't know how extensive the ignorance is in the area where you live. I'd be at least looking around for a more tolerant school.

Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 1:41am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Hi Yonit,
We are in NY on Long Island. It's interesting to me that although private schools technically don't HAVE to made accomodations, many of the schools here in NY who have led the way to go PN free have been private. I'm going blank right now on all of them, but I think Horace Mann, Trevor Day and Spence in NYC are all peanut free.
As for the lactose intolerant, vegetarian stuff, there are still many things they can eat. Remind them that many of our kids have multiple allergies, and whole categories of food are closed to them. Somehow, they manage. Or perhaps they could have a separate area for the PB eaters (who absolutely must eat it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ), where someone can make sure they wash up adequately afterwards.
Is your child's school a religious school? If so, try reminding them of the principle of tzedukah. Maybe that will ring a bell? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 3:52am
Grateful's picture
Joined: 04/10/2002 - 09:00

This is my pa son's fourth year of school(2 years of preschool, public school kindergarten and now public school 1st grade)and it has always been easy for us. We have never requested peanut-free anything, just that he eat his own food from home, nobody with obvious peanut products sit beside him, and that everyone with obvious peanut lunch or snack wash their hands afterwards. Luckily, the cafeteria doesn't serve peanuts or peanut butter. My son has never been teased or picked on, and is very happy and comfortable with the whole situation. Despite testing over 100 on the Cap RAST and 4++ on the skin test, he has had no reactions since we discovered his allergy over 5 years ago!

Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 6:18am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

We are in a new school this year, for second grade, and I feel that things are going quite well. I think the factors that have helped us are the following: We are not asking for very much in the way of other people making accomodations for Leah. Kids can bring what they want in their own lunches; only the shared party treats, etc. need to be peanut and nut free. (I think preschool and kindergarten are totally different, however, especially when the kids eat in their classroom. Peanut free is the only way to go IMHO.) Also, we came in with a 504 plan and with a positive attitude. We began working with the school last Spring. We have an excellent teacher and principal who are both hands-on and on top of everything. There are other kids in the district with peanut allergies, but none at our school, that I am aware of.
I think we are lucky. We had our bad experiences in kindergarten, due to a very difficult teacher. First grade had some glitches due to a difficult principal! It seems that we finally have it right this year and I am relieved. Nice and caring parents really make a difference, too. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 6:51am
Jazz It Up's picture
Joined: 08/19/2002 - 09:00

I can't say enough about my son's school...and the parents. They have been awesome!!
Case in point...Cam was out with strep throat last week. A fellow Para in the cafeteria came up to the Para that attends my son's table during lunch (and my son's Para is also my wonderful neighbor) said "why are you squirting everyone's hands with soap? Cam is not even here today." My neighbor said "because even though he isn't here, the classroom cannot be contaminated with peanut residue so the children who ate peanut butter at lunch still need to be cleaned up." She also said that just because he wasn't at lunch, doesn't mean he might not be coming in late and the children would have peanut butter on their hands and if they touched him, he would have a reaction. Also, the Para said she did not want the children out of their routine of washing their hands before leaving the cafeteria...whether my son was there or not! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Last night at Open House, a mother came up to me in my son's class and asked me if he had said anything about lunch earlier that day. I said no, what happened? She said she had come to have lunch with her daughter and sat down next to my son at his peanut free table...she had *Chick Filet* and my son went into panic mode. He yelled, "this is a peanut free table and you have Chick Filet and Chick Filet can't be at this table." The mother said she jumped up and ran to the other end of the table (non-peanut free side) and she told me how sorry she was and that she didn't know Chick Filet cooked in peanut oil and how impressed she was that he was *on top* of his allergies.
I told her how thankful I was that she did move and for letting me know what happened and I told my son to use some tact when speaking with adults. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I told him how proud I was that he zero'ed in on a *peanut oil* food but that he could have said it nicer. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
I have had the utmost caring people at his school and again, the parents are phenominal. I can't do it without their support!
Stay Safe!
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Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 12:48am
Sarahfran's picture
Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

Yes! I just came on here to post an "I love our school" thread!
My DD is 3 1/2 and in a preschool program run by the public school system for children with minor developmental delays (she has a bit of a speech delay). All along, her allergy has been taken very seriously by everyone I've talked to, and they've taken the initiative about things so I don't have to ask!
What brought this up is two experiences I had yesterday: first, my DD takes the bus to and from the babysitter's house, but yesterday the bus arrived really early and the babysitter wasn't there yet, so the bus driver just kept going with her route and took my DD back to school. When the bus arrived back at school, the school receptionist (who I was on the phone with at this time trying to figure out what happened) and her classroom teacher both went out to the bus to check on my DD and make sure she was doing allright (having been on the bus for an hour at this point!), and the classroom teacher at that point reiterated to the bus driver that my DD was to be given no snacks at all because of her allergy. One of my worries during this time was that the driver would forget and help this poor forgotten kid by giving her a snack since it was lunchtime, and the teacher took care of it before I could even ask.
Then when I got home later in the day, I was looking through DD's papers and there was a note from the school that they sent out of their own accord. It went to all of the parents of children in my DD's class, explaining that one of the children in the class has a peanut allergy, explaining the severity of the allergy, explaining that there is a peanut-free table in the lunchroom (not a concern for us since she doesn't go to the lunchroom this year, but it's nice to know that I won't have that battle ahead of me), and telling parents that if they send snacks in for a birthday or class party, they are to be peanut-free. All of the parents have to sign a tear-off strip at the bottom of the letter saying that they read this and understand it and agree to it.
That's just one day's worth of examples. Throughout my experience with the school, I've found them to be more than understanding--they are eager to make sure my DD's needs are met and that she stays safe.

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 10:04am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

Amy -
Are any of the three schools you mentioned Jewish schools? Believe me - we've tried "tzedakah" along with tikkun olam and derech eretz! Not to mention, teaching our children how to be mentsches!
I think the response about the vegetarian/lactose intolerant, etc. is a good one; that is, if those children have medically sound reasons (documented) that they MUST eat peanut butter for lunch, perhaps they should be asked to do so in a separate, defined area which could be cleaned well. As we know, there are certainly many alternatives for them to eat, and if other schools have done this - they must have dealt with these issues as well.
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Posted on: Fri, 09/13/2002 - 7:59am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

i am having a great time with my school in hamilton ontario the are doing everything what i have ask them for and with the help from cindy how hat given us all the information we needet to have """Thanks Again Cindy""" My son has a peanutfree classromm and they told the parents in a letter that every lunch will be checkt to keep the room 100% peanutfree do to his allergy they even put me in the schoolcouncel so i can help with peanutfree fundraiser and so on ,We are being very happy and i wish that cindy hat a better time ,so stay safe everyone and god Bless thomas

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 5:18am
Shawn's picture
Joined: 09/07/1999 - 09:00

We love our kindergarten! When we first enrolled DS, I discussed his peanut allergy with the director and his teachers: touch sensitivity, Epi-pens, etc. They agreed to keep his medicine in the classroom and make his classroom peanut-free. The next day, they called me back. With no prompting from me, they said the director had decided to ban peanuts from the entire school. They also asked for information on cross-contamination and common foods that had "hidden" peanuts. I made a list; they sent home a copy to all the parents, asking them to not bring peanut products or any foods on the list they couldn't be sure didn't have peanuts. They asked me to demonstrate his Epi-pens. I brought in expired ones and all four teachers/aides in his classroom practice on oranges. They made a poster listing anapylaxis symptoms and the phone numbers for the ambulance service, local ER, and my home and cell phone, and posted it in the classroom on the door of the cabinet where they keep two epi-pens and benadryl. They also asked for a bag of safe snacks/treats in case some of the kids bring in chocolate candies or treats they aren't sure are safe to share. The teachers and even some of the parents of kids in his class have called me to check about things they want to have for birthday treats or during their Tuesday morning class breakfasts. I dread next year when we move and he has to change schools!
By the way, Yonit - we are vegetarians and get by just fine with protein from beans, whole grains and occassional dairy products. Even Vegans or those intolerant of eggs/milk should have no problems with non-peanut sources of protein. Unless they're being asked to eliminate all nuts, dairy, and soy products, there's no reason there should be a problem - especially if we're only talking about one meal a day. They can get their protein at home during breakfast and dinner.

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 7:33am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

The schools I mentioned are secular, prep-type schools.
Isn't it a shame how many on this board have had disappointing experiences with religious schools?


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