Field Trips

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2006 - 3:24am
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If anyone can share how your school handles field trips when your allergic child attends them, I would appreciate it.

My son's 504 Plan states that the entire grade attending "must" bring PF lunches/snacks. But, now the first trip is coming up and the school said that they "can't" make the students bring PF lunches b/c we are not a PF school.

I don't want my son on the bus with possible peanut lunches/snacks, don't want him eating with the rest of the students if the food isn't safe and it does state otherwise in his plan.

So, please share with me your policies for this and what you think about my situation.

Thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2006 - 7:12am
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For now, I will go on field trips with DD. Also, I will drive her myself, she will not ride the bus.
Our school has also "requested" that kids bring PF snacks/lunches but won't check anything or refuse anything. The teacher will keep an eye out for PB and granola bars, but in the chaos of a field trip I just don't trust that will be enough.
We also have a 504 plan, and of course the school is required by law to accommodate the kids on a field trip (rather than excluding them from the trip) but our district has a long way to go before I would trust them with this. I keep thinking of Nathan Walters.
Our situation is definitely less than ideal, but since our school can only afford 1 field trip per year, I decided to focus my energy on everyday safety and let them off the hook on the field trips.
Cathy

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2006 - 7:58am
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If the school nurse or a sub nurse is not available, I go on the trip. DS is seated away from others eating PB. The teacher has wipes to clean the surface where he eats.
No eating is allowed on the bus. Having the lunches in the bus don't bother me even if some have PBJ.

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2006 - 8:05am
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i go on all field trips and school outings and events that involve food. even IF you say "no peanuts/peanut products," there are always pb&j sandwiches and other peanut products (from my experience anyhow).
i feel fortunate that i can go on these trips. i would probably not allow my girls to attend if i couldn't be there...or someone else i trusted to watch out for them specifically. the teacher, i have found, is just too busy watching everyone and even with her best intentions, things can get missed.

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2006 - 11:35pm
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My son's school is peanut-free. On school field trips this is also enforced, but they do not attempt to stop other school groups attending from bringing peanuts.
My son isn't allergic to peanuts, so that's not really helpful to us though. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
On school field trips children with medical needs (not just allergies, anyone that has a medical condition which might require medicine on a trip) is to be with either their own parent or the teacher.

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 7:31am
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I go on all the field trips. In addition, his 504 states that the bus will either not allow food or that the food will be checked for peanuts, peanut products for all field trips. (This way it is the school's responsibility to make sure the bus is safe-however they wish to do it. One year they decided to just provide a school lunch for everyone and that way they were certain it would be okay.) It is the school's responsibility and obligation to provide a safe environment and make it work - not the parents of the PA child. That said, I am still there to make sure the school did its job.
We have found that if our son doesn't ride the bus, he feels left out and different than the other kids. The field trips don't occur that often - they should be able to find a way to make it safe.

Posted on: Thu, 09/14/2006 - 2:53am
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Either myself or my mother go on any field trip my ds has.
Jan

Posted on: Thu, 09/14/2006 - 4:02am
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I always go on the field trips. If me or my husband were unable to go- neither would DD.
No one eats on the bus but of course alot of the kids send in pb&j. I keep my daughters lunch with me and all others go in a big bucket. We handle lunch on a field trip same as school- anyone who has nut products cannot sit at the same table as DD- and then after we eat, I provide everyone with a wipe.
She's in 5th grade now and we haven't had a problem yet. Her teachers usually prefer that I go because field trips can be stressful enough on them w/o xtra worry of keeping DD safe in new situation.
We have in the past had teachers send home letters "asking" parents not to send in pb or nut products on field trips due to a life threatening food allergy and this NEVER worked!! Last year I was told a BUNCH of parents called in and complained because they couldn't find anything else to send in for their child (eyeroll) One of the teachers even bought a huge cooler for everyone to put lunches in since one of the complaints was "everything besides pb needs to be kept cold" STILL- many send in pb or whatever peanut candy. I later found out the teacher even bought the cooler out of her own pocket to try to keep parents happy....
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Posted on: Thu, 09/14/2006 - 9:54pm
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Thank you for all your information!
Here's the outcome of our field trip:
The school sent home an attachment with the field trip notice stating to please send a lunch/snack off the attached PF list for the safety of our children attending.
Knowing there will still be pb&j on the bus (don't feel comfortable with that), I am driving my son along with his friend and Mom.
For lunch, all the kids are splitting up and eating on blankets so I am bringing my own and will allow a couple of his friends with PF lunches/snacks to join us.
All students attending (from our school) will be given a wipe after lunch.
His teacher/aide will have his medical bag
and wipes and I will also have his extra medical bag with me.
Again, thanks!!

Posted on: Fri, 09/15/2006 - 8:01am
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Dh or I will go on all field trips. Our school doesn't have any busses so all excursions are parent driven. (I don't allow my kids in other people's vehicles for field trips so we go anyway).

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2006 - 7:12am
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For now, I will go on field trips with DD. Also, I will drive her myself, she will not ride the bus.
Our school has also "requested" that kids bring PF snacks/lunches but won't check anything or refuse anything. The teacher will keep an eye out for PB and granola bars, but in the chaos of a field trip I just don't trust that will be enough.
We also have a 504 plan, and of course the school is required by law to accommodate the kids on a field trip (rather than excluding them from the trip) but our district has a long way to go before I would trust them with this. I keep thinking of Nathan Walters.
Our situation is definitely less than ideal, but since our school can only afford 1 field trip per year, I decided to focus my energy on everyday safety and let them off the hook on the field trips.
Cathy

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