Establishing standardized PA management protocols within school settings

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 6:14am
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I would like to continue the discussion on setting up standardized protocols for PA management within a school setting, particularly on how members were able to successfully establish such protocols

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 6:16am
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I

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 6:43am
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Arachide,
you posted:
"If the principal isn

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 7:27am
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Exactly, MommaBear. What's the point of going through the motions if all you're getting is runaround lip-service?
Would anyone who's had success with policies say that part of the secret to their success was having an ally, someone in the system, like a board official or a principal, backing them up in an official capacity?

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 7:37am
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Syd doesn't start JK until the fall, but the school she's going to is peanut/nut free.
It was implemented by the school and currently the school/parent council president is a mom who's kids (not the only ones) in the school just happen to be anaphylactic as well. Makes for a great fit in my mind.
I plan to do everything I can to support this woman, and the school in helping keep this initiative alive.
This is a great topic!

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 9:48am
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Hi. I am new here, I've only posted a few times, but this thread is perfect timing for me. My pa son won't start school for a few years, but I have two kids in the school system so I thought I would start educating them now,they need it. I called our superintendent to find out about the policies regarding food allergies. They have none but he suggested I educate them and implied they will be receptive to our needs. I called again today to invite him and the school nurses and dietician( they serve peanut butter cake at school) to the allergy conference in New York in May. I found info on the FAAN website. Our allergist will be speaking there so I planned to go anyway, my selling point will be that school nurses will recieve CEU's. I think this exposure will be a great place to introduce them to my world. Just a thought for anyone else who lives near New York, Baltimore or Illinois.

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:14am
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Man oh man, any principal telling me to sever the umbilical cord had better be wearing a figurative jockstrap... What a condescending thing to say - I wonder how many parents he says it to in a week? You just know that an adminstrator who says things like that uses condescension as a tool to intimidate troublesome parents. You've got to wonder about admins like that!
Is this thread the continuation from the 4-pager *over there*? If so, maybe someone should copy and paste some of Gail's and MommaBear's posts (and other informative ones - can't think of names at the moment).
Also, to touch upon the PA Standards in a school setting part, my feeling is that there would still be room for interpretation on behalf of individual schools. I mean this in a positive way - "wiggle room" as it were, where waivers could be signed if a parent exempts his or her child from a standard protocol (such as the "may contain" subject in the other thread). That's perhaps coming at things backwards, but I just wanted to throw that option out there before we start "overthinking" this (terrific) Standards idea. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Edited to add that in addition to a "waiver" section, a "addendum" section would also be helpful to add yet more wiggle room. I can see an addendum being helpful in the cases of children who are sensitive to aerosolized peanut particles, but the airborne sensitivity clause itself need not be a part of the "Standards in School Settings", eg.
Carolyn
[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited March 03, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:23am
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Holly,
I am a nurse and interested in the CEU's. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] When is the conference in Illinois?
MommaBear

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:27pm
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Holly, let us know if the group you're inviting to the conference is receptive to the idea. That would be great if they did agree to attend. Too bad the group doesn't include the individual school's staff as well --teachers, administrators. (Are the nurses at the school 7 days?).
How great would it be if it were a given practice that school districts send members to allergy workshops/conferences as part of their professional training requirements (the supposed reason behind pedagogical days?).
Carolyn: Yeah, this is my attempt to continue some of the great stuff that came out in the "Notice" thread. I have considered copying parts from there and pasting it here, but I'm concerned about losing the flow due to having to edit so much...
And I agree with your point about "wiggle room". Establishing standardized protocols should not preclude having individual considerations taken into account.
Syd's Mom: That's great about the school council president! Hopefully she'll be able and willing to help smooth any snags you may encounter.

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 3:28am
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I'm interested in joining in on this continuing discussion. Thank you, arachide, for reposting. I'm having a tough week and not enough time to sit at the computer. I'll join in as soon as I can.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Gail

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 3:33am
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Mommabear,
The allergy conference is May 3rd, in Chicago. From reading the info on the faan website, the Ceu's may apply only to registered school nurses. I'm not sure of that though. My hope is that if the administrators hear about this allergy at a large conference with some well respected speakers,it will add some credibility to my point of view regarding peanut free classes. At least this is where I will begin the education process, then I'll start talking about new policy. I'll let you know if it works.

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