End Of Year Picnic

Posted on: Fri, 05/30/2003 - 2:14pm
LG's picture
Joined: 05/30/2003 - 09:00

I just stumbled across this site and I am so glad that I did. I have 2 PA kid and one who hasn't been tested yet. My 2nd grader has had a great year in school with an extremely supportive teacher and classmates. Field trips are hard because they send peanut butter bag lunches for the kids. My husband has gone on these in the past and than eaten lunch with my son and some friends who packed safe lunches. This has worked out great but now we come to the end of the year 2nd grade picnic. Being held at a small park with 60 2nd graders, most bringing peanut butter lunches. Neither my husband and I can go. I couldn't bring myself to sign the permission slip and instead wrote a note saying that because of concerns about his safety at the park my son would not be attending school that day. Did we over react?

Posted on: Fri, 05/30/2003 - 2:55pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I think you will get a lot of different answers here. All of them good answers.
The year-end picnic is always fun and eating is not the only activity but if you cannot be there, do you know an adult you trust who can be there? They might bring your son after the eating is over with which would lessen the chances of contact.
My instant impression is don't send him but I think I am overly cautious. My son is 18 and has done well with his PA aside from a few accidental contacts.

Posted on: Sat, 05/31/2003 - 12:51am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Welcome LG!
I personally would never send my son on, what sounds like, a peanut butter picnic.
It seems to me like the risks are much too great. I would agree with your decision and I think that it is important that you let the school know why you cannot attend.
What you could do for your son instead is have an end of year party, so that he does not feel like he missed out. If you're brave enough, you could even invite his entire class, (I'm assuming that not all 60 kids make up one class.)

Posted on: Sat, 05/31/2003 - 11:29am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

I think you made the right choice. I would never send my daughter. In the long run, one afternoon missed at a park is well worth the safety of your child. Plus, if you are like me you would have made yourself sick with worry just thinking of him at the park with everyone eating PBJ.
Pat yourself on the back - good job mom. The safety of your child comes first.

Posted on: Sat, 05/31/2003 - 1:33pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I don't think you over reacted, but I think the school is very wrong in this instance. Your son should have a 504 plan to protect his civil rights at school. (If you are in the US; I didn't check your profile.) Is it too late for the school to ask the parents not to send in pb that day? Good luck; it's tough to be dealing with this stuff all the time as we all know. Miriam

Posted on: Sun, 06/01/2003 - 8:03am
virginia mom's picture
Joined: 03/12/2003 - 09:00

I think you made the right choice also. It would be alot to ask of another parent to safeguard your child from peanuts on a field trip such as that one. Second graders, God bless 'em, are a notoriously messy lot when it comes to lunchtime, particularly in an outdoor setting. You did the right thing...

Posted on: Sun, 06/01/2003 - 1:41pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b]I personally would never send my son on, what sounds like, a peanut butter picnic. [/b]
I would definitely stay away from a peanut butter picnic. Sounds pretty dangerous to me.

Posted on: Mon, 06/02/2003 - 12:44am
LG's picture
Joined: 05/30/2003 - 09:00

Thank you all for reaffirming my decision. It nice to know that other people understand our position. My son is very excited to take a personal day off of school!

Posted on: Tue, 06/03/2003 - 9:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

LG, my situation is similar, though different. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]
My five year old's school is having an end of year party. All 350 students. They are allergy aware, and it's a b-b-q with no pb. Since my son is allergic to insects that doesn't help him though. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Since it's at a conservation park, I'm assuming lots of bugs there. I would not let him go if I couldn't go with him. I found out that every staff member at his school has first aid and have been trained to use an epi, but I still wouldn't let him go if I was not available.
LG, I don't think you're over reacting. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 9:39am
momof william's picture
Joined: 06/04/2003 - 09:00

I have an airborne peanut allergic child..the release of the protein causes a skin and breathing reaction..so NO....only u know your child and his needs ..everyone is different..ask for a 504 as soon as possible..maybe they will conform a bit if you ask for that ...God Bless You All!

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