Draft 504... comments please... Meeting Wednesday...


Please keep in mind... this district is CLUELESS!!! I want to thank anyone who wades through this... thank you, thank you, thank you!!

PART A and B are Student and 504 Team member information

PART C: BACKGROUND INFORMATION Mason has anaphylactic allergies to peanut, tree nuts (cashew, almond, walnut, etc.), sesame, mustard, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.), and buckwheat.

WHAT IS AN ALLERGY? The most common form of an immune system reaction occurs when the body creates immunoglobulin E antibodies to food. When these antibodies react with food, histamine and other chemicals cause hives, asthma, or other symptoms of an allergic reaction. There are three types of reactions: Contact- caused by coming into contact with an allergic substance, when it touches the skin; Ingestion- caused by drinking or swallowing an allergic substance; and Inhalation- caused by breathing in the allergic substance. WHAT CAN CAUSE AN ALLERGIC REACTION? Reaction can occur by several means: 1. Eating any of the above listed allergens; 2. Eating a food that was not supposed to contain one of above listed allergens, but had been cross contaminated with one. This could occur through an unintended ingredient or from being in contact with an allergen during preparation, storage or serving; 3. Touching something/someone with allergen traces and then putting his hands in his mouth or touching his eyes. The most common instance of direct contact is when someone eats and allergen product and then touches a chair or table, leaving a smear or even a trace of allergen. The next person to us that table or chair could be severely allergic and that residue could be enough to cause a reaction. 4. Additionally, a person with asthma is more likely to have severe reaction to food allergies.

CROSS CONTAMINATION occurs when a safe food comes in contact with and allergen. Examples of how cross-contamination may occur: 1. You are making a peanut butter sandwich. You butter the bread with your knife; dip the knife into the peanut butter and spread it on the bread; then dip the knife into honey or jam and spread it on the bread. Cut the sandwich on the bread board and place the sandwich on the plate. You wipe the knife with a dishrag. At this point there are traces of peanut on: the knife, in the butter, in the jam or honey, on the cutting board, on the plate, on your hands, on the dishrag and everything IT touches. 2. You store peanut butter or contaminated cookies in the jar and then put sugar cookies in afterward without thoroughly washing out the cookie jar. The sugar cookies would now contain traces of peanut butter. 3. Crafts or games involving allergens, craft items stored in used allergen containers, i.e. Peanut butter jars, nut jars, cracker boxes. 4. Peanut butter residue on: Knives, doorknobs, water fountains, cutting boards. 5. Sharing: straws, pencils, crayons, markers. 6. Not washing hands after eating. 7. Kissing


On Mar 6, 2006

You might want to remove the identifying info at the end of your posted plan (school district name, your last name).

I'll come back tonight and comment on the plan.

On Mar 6, 2006


Originally posted by Gail W: [b]You might want to remove the identifying info at the end of your posted plan (school district name, your last name).


Thank you... thought I got them all... :-

------------------ Lisa Mom to Mason (peanut/tree nut/sesame/mustard)

On Mar 16, 2006

Any updates? How'd your meeting go?