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Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 11:19am
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Thomas, no need to thank me (although it was nice to read) because I didn't do anything for you that wasn't done for me by other members of PA.com. Seriously. We're all in this together and some of us were doing the school thing before others and helped other people. Remember, the school plan that I'm using for Jesse was written by PeanutTrace for her PA daughter and she re-wrote it for me, for Jesse. So, I didn't do anything special. I just got your school board policy, took a quick read of it (you have an excellent policy by the way) and got it to you along with the Shopper's Drug Mart pamphlet in the mail and then some other information that I had on the computer.
I have many people that help me out with school things and that's why I was able to help you.
I am SO pleased to hear that things are going well for you though because I do know that you and your wife were very nervous about your son going to school.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 10:37pm
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Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

We have an "easy" time now with our school, tho it didn't start out that way 4 years ago. Our dd was the first at our school, and although there were other older children with PA in our district, we were the first to ask for any accommodations. It was certainly an evolution and we are at a point that feels very comfortable: a written IHP that is signed by our allergist, the principal, teacher, school nurse, counselor, and us. It basically states that no food (any kind)is allowed in the classroom and that we will provide any food for our dd.
The IHP came about after a good K year, but bad 1st grade experience. Second grade went well, but we realized that our experience would be dependent on the willingness of the teacher. So we pursued a written agreement and settled on the IHP option that went into effect in 2nd grade. This year (3rd) has been very smooth.
I advocate having plans clearly stated in writing that are signed. It has made a big difference for us.

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 10:55pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

O.K. Shawn, your school wins, hands down, in my opinion. I'm satisfied with our school but it is nothing compared to yours. I'm really happy for you and your son. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 9:43am
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Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

So far so good. I am lucky that my daughter's teacher has been very approachable. I have had no problems so far.
I do forsee giving an inservice to all the teachers before my daughter enters Grade 1. Going to school everyday will be the new challenge we will face.

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:20am
Batman's picture
Joined: 08/11/2000 - 09:00

We have been very lucky with my PA son's school - he is in grade 1 now and I have no reservations about him going. The teachers have all been great, and they have all been trained in the use of Epi-pens and understand what the symptoms are. They keep pictures of all the PA kids on the wall in the office so all the teachers can see them. They are a peanut free school and they go so far as sending stuff home if it contains peanuts. His current teacher has been trained in CPR and has an allergy to chocolate so she understands about allergies. If there is ever an event at school, I am always called to see if my son can have the food, and if not, then they go out of their way to provide something for him that can be eaten. I am on the parent council and that has been a way to ensure all council events are kept peanut free (like BBQs, family masses...). They are all wonderful people and I count my lucky stars daily that we were graced with this school. I just hope it doesn't change.

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 11:52am
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Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

Cindy, I'm glad you asked. I don't know about others, but I usually feel guilty about having it easy when I read all the heart breaking stories some of you deal with every day.
My PA girls school is the same small school(K-12:about 400 students total) that my dh and I attended from K-12th grade. I know most of the parents of the kids in their classes, the teachers, etc. The best part is my sister is the Asst. Prin., another sister teaches Middle School there, one SIL teaches 3rd grade (Jenna is in her class), and another SIL is the P.E. teacher. We personally know most of the cafeteria staff, etc. It is very comforting. I get calls all the time from parents - just to check with me before they bring something in to school for one of the girl's class.
The only "worries" I would say we have is parties and field trips, but the teachers have been wonderful keeping them safe. We have never requested anything special for these occasions, but only because up to this point we have not felt the need.

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 2:58am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Simply re-raising, 5 years later.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
There but for the Grace of God, go I.

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 3:25am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Don't now.
Don't think I was fully appreciative back then.


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