field trips...

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 1:55am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Since we have a field trip coming up Thurs, I went ahead(after reading some posts here about how others handle these situations) I thought, it wouldn't hurt to ask....I did go ahead and ask if the school could send out a letter asking(volunterily, not mandatory) if parents could pack something besides peanut butter for the sack lunch. But they said *no*. Their reasoning was that we can't control what people eat at the zoo, so why bother with our school(basically). Which is true....I would have liked to cut back on our own risk, but really it wouldn't have mattered since other schools will be there and bringing pb in their lunches. I guess it is one of those situations that you just deal with as best you can, right?? I will be there with my son and bringing him home myself(he is riding the bus there, but coming home in my car avoid risk on the bus after lunch).

So how do you all handle field trips? Do you ask for pb to be avoided in lunches? Our school offered to pack your child's lunch(for a fee) and the choices were pb Uncrustable or nachos with not really anything I could do to cut back on pb being brought. How much do you ask of the school on field trips? Or do you just take full responsibility for your child? Or do you avoid field trips? I'm just curious how others handle this....

I know this would upset parents at my school(to alter lunches for an allergy child), so I guess we pick our battles huh?? HUGS

Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

[This message has been edited by chanda4 (edited May 22, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 1:59am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

We just had a field trip to west point. There is always a slight chance that lunch will be eaten on the bus in the event of poor weather. They also eat their snack on the bus on the way there.
We shared one of those big luxury buses with 1/2 of another 3rd grade class. Yes, the teacher spoke with the other class and our class and said DON'T BRING ANY NUTS ON THIS TRIP!!! She was like, check your granola bars, check your labels....this is very important NO NUTS!!!
My DH went on the trip and a hired nurse also attended.
I go on the trip if a nurse is not available to go. Usually they are successful in getting a nurse.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 2:48am
lakeswimr's picture
Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

Their reasoning sounds like Continental airlines. I would ask again and say that it is true that it is impossible to secure a totally peanut-free environment but asking people to voluntarily not send peanuts/nuts will redue the exposure for your child and make the trip safer. Just becuase it can't be peanut free doesn't mean they should just have all peanuts possible. there is a middle ground! I'm sorry you have a school that is not more compassionate and understanding. YOu are paving the way for others, though, who will appreciate your work.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 3:46am
PeanutFreeInMD's picture
Joined: 04/23/2007 - 09:00

We recently avoided a field trip for our DS who has PA. He is in Kindergarten. It was to a petting farm. The students were told to bring a non-refrigerated lunch so I knew that meant 130 kids would be bringing PB&J. I also asked the school if a letter be sent home asking parents to try to find an alternative to PB&J and was told "no-we can't tell other parents what they can and can't bring." The farm was also in the middle of no where...not too close to a hospital had something happened. I also called the farm to find out about the feed (the students would also be able to feed the animals) and the farm recommeded my DS not feed the animals as they could not say the feed didn't have nuts in it. With all these reasons my DH & I decided to skip that particular field trip. (we'll take each one as it comes I guess) There is another child with PA in Kindergarten who did attend and according to his Mother "had no incidents!" She put rubber gloves on him so he could feed the animals...

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 5:00am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

I guess I'm going to be the minority here and say that I agree with the reasoning that telling other parents what they can and can't send is over the line.
My daughter starts kindergarten next year, and our only "doesn't need refrigeration" sandwiches for her are sunbutter or soynut butter. There are 3 incoming peanut allergic kindergardeners at our school, and I'm dreading the possibility of one of those parents insisting on a ban of anything peanut like.
Up until now, the only PA student this school has dealt with is my Jason, and we've never asked for a peanut ban because we never needed it.
edited to add, when there is a field trip that involves lunch offsite, DH or one of my IL's usually tags along.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*
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Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 5:26am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Ay-yi-yi. Your school really irritates me. It is not that hard to send home a simple letter. I agree with the person above who said your school sounds like Continental Airlines. When we fly do we pick the airline that serves peanuts or the airline that doesn`t? Yes, of course we know that a few passengers may bring peanuts on board, but that is nowhere near as much risk as serving peanuts to the entire airplane. I think the analogy really fits. Here is the letter that dd`s teacher sent home in elementary school (each teacher did a similar letter), and yes, this letter was even used for a field trip to the zoo:
"Dear Room 13 Parents and Students,
Remember this Friday November __ we will have a field trip to ____. Please remember that we have a student with severe peanut allergy. Therefore, we would appreciate your cooperation in packing a sack lunch with NO peanut products (peanut butter sandwiches, trail mix with peanuts, etc.).
Thanks again!
Mrs. _______"
I really don`t think this is a lot to ask. Also, our school was in the habit of packing pbj for the free lunch kids on field trips, but dd`s 504 which stated that this letter must go home also stated that for the entire grade pbj would not be packed for the free lunch kids on field trips (usually several classes would go on the field trip, all the same grade). Really isn`t this the point of a 504? About the bus, the kids get really excited about riding the bus. It is part of the experience of the field trip. About kids from other schools bringing pbj, that reasoning makes no sense, because your child will be hanging around with kids from your school, not total strangers from another school. There is no logic to that at all.
What does Rhonda say about all this?

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:19am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Carefulmom:
What does Rhonda say about all this?[/b]
Thanks for all the opinions so far. I guess I just need to see how others handle field trips, I can't say if this irritates me yet or not. I can see both sides, but then that doesn't support my sons disability rights, now does it. Anyways, I haven't asked Rhonda...just getting opinions on my own for now. Thanks everyone!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:24am
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Regarding my own son (insect allergy) he is to be with me or his teacher on all field trips. This request came after a trip when he was put with a parent that knew nothing about epi-pens.
As for pb -- my son's school does not allow peanuts/nuts or pb to be brought into the school. That includes field trips, even if other people at the place will be eating pb. The reasoning is that they usually will not be eating with strangers, but with the other kids from their own school.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:36am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Part of our 504 plan is that I must be notified 4 wks in advance of all field trips. The teacher and I work out a plan for each trip regarding food/eating location/cleaning up and bus. The principal signs off on the plan for each trip. So far, our trips have been short and were scheduled in between meals. The kids ate a slightly later lunch when we got back to school. There is no food allowed on the bus per district policy.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 7:57am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Maybe you should run it by that guy at OCR (the one I talked to on the phone during your other thread a few weeks ago). He did say that OCR on occasion has required schools to tell parents not to send in peanut products, so to me that means it is legal for the school to do it.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 1:18pm
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Thanks carefulmom...I actually am undecided still. I will go on the field trip Thurs and see(take notes) of issues I see....then think about what I feel I should do. It feel wrong to me, but I need to see for myself before I make this an issue. Thanks again!!!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)


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