field trip lunches?

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 11:45am
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My PA son isn't going on his class trip this week, as I couldn't get a sitter for my little one and he only attends field trips if I go too. But if we had been able to go - I wonder if it would have been safe for him. The kids were instructed to bring brown bag lunches, everything disposable, that would have to be able to sit on a bus for a few hours without spoiling. What else could they bring but pb and jelly? The idea of him being around 20+ kids all eating pb, then riding the bus home over an hour with them, scares me. How do schools usually handle field trip lunches and PA kids?

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 12:00pm
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my sons class brings a cooler provided by the school. the school lunch lunchmeat sandwich on a croissant, as the school menu is peanut free.
(i mean peanut "safe") [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 12:01pm
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Our 504 says that for field trips a note must go home telling the parents not to pack peanut products. That is really simple to do. I usually pass the note from the previous year to the new teacher in September. Then she doesn`t even have to worry about what to write.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 12:19pm
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I have chaperoned on my DD's field trips where the kids were told to bring a bag lunch that contained no PB. I was amazed at what the kids brought. Here's a list of the few lunches I saw:
cheese sandwiches
ham sandwiches
pancakes/waffles with a container of syrup
cold pizza
macaroni salad
bagels
cold pasta w/sauce
tuna
Tomorrow my DD is going on a class field trip around the history of Boston. 100 kids (4 classes) so this should be interesting to see what they bring then! We're packing ham sandwiches, water, grapes and cheetos. I'm taking a big bag and putting those freezer packs in there to keep things chilled. I'm also freezing two bottles of water in addtion to just chilled ones so that we have plenty to drink.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 12:41pm
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Unfortunately, ds's school wants no kind of freezer packs, coolers, etc. Everything must be totally disposable, which is why I think there will likely be a lot of pb snadwiches. The bus leaves at 8:30, and the lunches will be sitting about four hours, so anything like meats or tuna likely wouldn't stay in just a bag that long (the trip is outdoors, and it's very warm here, too.)
I guess this is something I need to address with the school for next year.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 12:56pm
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just be careful. our school which, in general, is very "good" about protecting my two pa girls is unusually lax when it comes to field trips. at school, they do a wonderful job (not perfect...but very good) but away from school they seem to relax quite a bit. parents are always "asked" to avoid sending anything containing peanuts and/or peanut products in their child's sack lunch but they are not forbidden.
the last field trip my 7 yr old's 1st grade class took this year was to a park. there were lots of pbj sandwiches and lots of candy bars and wrapped snack cakes and things like that which were very peanut-y.
to make matters worse, i brought the blankets for all the kids to sit on (the ground was damp from a rain earlier in the day) so all that peanut butter and such was on MY blankets. some of the other moms offered to take the blankets home for me and wash them up.
anyhow...the majority of kids brought foods with my daughter in mind (which was so appreciated by me) but there will always be those who will send pb&j and things like that if you don't have a set rule about it. in our case, there are always at least four or so children who bring the pb&j regardless of what is asked of them. (i'm sure i could go about having this changed if i yelled loud enough...we have a wonderful school nurse that would most likely be livid if she knew the field trips/outings included peanuts).
in our case, i think the school knows that i will always be available for field trips, class projects and things so they have gotten used to me being there to "police" things. they take my girls' safety for granted a bit in that respect.
when i work, i work as a substitute for my childrens' school and i volunteer there on many of the days that i do not work. fortunately for me, i have never been unavailable for field trips and parties.
i would be very worried if i was unable to attend field trips and outings with my girls and some better plan wasn't in place.
so...i guess what i'm trying to say is that what we have in place works for me/us but i would want something better in place if i worked fulltime and could not be present during these outings.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 12:59pm
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also, could you request that the teacher actually sit with your child during lunch? maybe that would help ease your mind if peanut products are present in some of the lunch sacks. and, careful clean up of messy hands and faces would be good along with having your child's meds accessible during the trip. just trying to think of some things that would help keep your little one safe if by chance peanuts are present.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 1:01pm
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i used to keep my older child home from field trips when she was very little (which is ironic since she's my only one with no serious allergies). if i was unable to attend field trips and i felt it was something i would have to be present for for safety purposes (like a busy theme park or zoo, for example), i would just keep her home and plan something fun at home for the day. of course, that is easier when they are very young. the older they get, the more they want to be included in whatever everyone else in the class is doing.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 2:13pm
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This year there was a field trip that was the first one DH and I weren't able to go on. Actually, DH signed up but wasn't selected. This is an issue between us and the school, and I've talked with them about it, because we should get preferential treatment here when we know PBJ will be taken (kids must back sack lunch much like your case--no coolers).
I sent a box of wipes for every child. That is, I bought it and gave it to DH and told DS' teacher in advance. DH forgot to give it to the teacher. Ugh. But he did make sure the Epi went. DH wore one and the teacher had two. DS sat with the teacher, and she had taken a salad from Wendy's. She never fully got the peanut thing this year. But I was grateful she didn't take a PBJ sandwich herself.
Basically, DS sits at a peanut free table at lunch, away from the other kids eating PBJ (school doesn't serve any PB), and he did on the field trip, too.
On other field trips, kids have used wipes. And they should have this time, but DH had a lot on his plate getting DS ready and everything else in place.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 2:51pm
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our school has recently begun doing something too where only a certain number of parents are allowed to come along (or sometimes only one or two are allowed to ride on the bus for the trip), etc. fortunately, we have never run into a problem with this. i have either been one of only a couple parents interested in going or i have recieved special permission even if the number of parents going had already been met. i do think the PA issues are a big factor in why the school has never questioned my attendance on outings.
even when i had a younger child at home, the school never approached me about the fact that i'd often bring along my younger child when the school handbook clearly states that no younger siblings are to be allowed at school outings or parties. i'm sure PA was a factor there too.
i feel badly that i openly disregarded the school rules at times but, having no family in the area and no safe sitter, i had no other choice if my husband couldn't watch the younger child for me. it was one of those things where i just did what i had to do.

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2006 - 2:55pm
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sorry for so many posts but i just realized that the initial post stated that the child wasn't going to attend the field trip. sorry for all my posts with advice regarding going on the field trip. i wasn't paying attention very well.

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