field trip is discriminating against Peanut Butter?

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 2:18pm
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My daughter is a 5 year old who has a PA. Her Kindergarten class is taking a field trip to a farm and having lunch there. I have requested that the lunches be peanut free. The school's position is that they can sell a peanut free sack lunch to students but they cannot require that they purchase one. And those students who want to bring their lunch from home have the right to bring whatever their parents pack them. The school principal has informed me that the school will not infringe on the rights of the other children or discriminate against them because they choose to bring peanut butter. AAAAhhh. I guess I need some help here. So now I will go on this field trip and sit with my daughter at a peanut free picnic table just because my school doesn't want to upset other parents. Sometimes it feels so difficult to fit into our "real world"

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 8:48pm
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sunshine,
Well, I don't have any answers or suggestions for you, but in a way this is a funny thought.
A school district can "tell" parents what clothes to buy for their kids, what jewelry they can wear to school, what color their hair can be, what personal items can and can't be brought to school all in the name of safety. Well, it seems funny that a school district can make these rules, and at the same time, cannot tell students what they can or can't bring to school in a lunchbox/bag to ensure the safety of a child because it might "infringe" on the rights of the other children.
Makes you wonder sometimes, doesn't it.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 10:52pm
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This is so upsetting, especially in light of the targic death of Nathan Saunders on a school field trip last May in Spokane. It was a similar situation. The bagged lunches (including Nathan's) consisted of PB&J sands., trail mix and peanut butter cookies. His death was a completely avoidable situation if only the school had acted responsibly towards his allergy.
If I were you, I would print out this tragic story (see KREM on the boards) and give it to the school board Superintendant. It just might open his/her eyes .
Let us know how this develops.
Regards,
Katiee (wade's mom)

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 11:07pm
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Thank you for your emails. I am amazed that we have banned smoking in public buildings because of health concerns...but when it comes to peanut butter I guess the school doesn't see it as a danger to the majority. But I fly on planes where they don't serve the flight peanuts because of our one PA child. So much more education and awareness is needed. I will be sharing the tragedy of the boy in Spokane to our school district. I hope someone who can make changes listens.

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