Field Trip and Teacher Issue

Posted on: Tue, 11/29/2005 - 6:27am
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Hi all. I am new here. I am Helen, mommy to a 5 year old daughter who has a sever peanut allergy (contact & ingestion), and a 3 year old son with no PA. My daughter, Alyssa, is in Kindergarden this year and the district is now peanut free as of this year. So I started the year off helping the nurse and teacher get certain policies in place, and changing a few things as well. I dont think the teacher appreciated the changes at all; she would have the kids go to the restroom after lunch and "wash their hands" while she stood out in the hall. So I thought it would be best if the kids used the basins at the Exit of the lunchroom so that the washings were monitored to ensure that all kids in her class washed up. They do not have a PA Free table at lunch, but Alyssa sits at the very end of their table surrounded by kids that eat in the caffitera so that she is not near anyone that has brought their lunch.

A few things that the teacher does still bothers me...she doesnt notify me when there is a birthday party in Alyssa's class. I know there have been some because she tells me that so-n-so's mom brought cup cakes for birthday and such. So I am conserned about that. Well today took the cake: Alyssa's field trip is Dec 6. They are going to a local theater to watch a play and then to a park to eat lunch and play. I notified the teacher via email that I will not be able to attend the field trip because I do not have a sitter for my son (they do not allow siblings on field trips) and asked if reminder of nut allergy could be passed to All parents of All kinder kids because they are all going, not just Alyssa's class. The teacher caught me in the hall today and flat out said she cannot tell the parents not to bring PB for the field trip because most parents pack it because it doesnt spoil. She said, "And YOU arent Coming???" like I am expected to attend. So I told her I dont have anyone to keep my son and my husband cannot take off that day of work. She went on and on about how she doesnt know how it is going to work out and she doesnt know what to put in the note to the parents....good think we were right at the nurse's office, she popped her head out and said that she had the notice typed up already and that she stated it was just a reminder to keep the nuts to a minimum and wash hands and to also notify the teacher if they are bringing nuts,pb ect.. They teacher then went on about how there is no way to get ALL of these kindergardeners to wash their hands in the tiny bathroom at the park after they eat. They nurse spoke up and said she has TONS of wipes so they all need to wipe hands after eating. The teacher went on to gripe that it just wasnt going to work. I spoke up and said I will make it to the park if my son is allowed to go and I will make sure that they all wipe down and keep a close eye on my daughter. The teacher then just shrugged us off and said she had to get back to her class. She walked off! The nurse said she thought the teacher was just nurvous...I said, I thought the teacher doesnt want to have to deal with it, like this is not what she bargined for this year. The teacher made me feel like **** ...and all of this was said with Alyssa standing right with us!!! The whole situation was sad and I am very upset and depressed about it. Not sure how to handle it and how I am going to make it with this teacher for the rest of the year. She seems so unconcerned! Please if you have any advise, I need all that I can get at this point. Plus, I know I need to look into 504 Plan, but I have so many questions and I dont know where to start...that will be a whole other post [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Thank you all in advance for your help!!!

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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

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