Finally, a Nut Free Table and Classroom...

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 4:22am
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I have been pushing for a nut free classroom for the past month after dd's allergist found that she is severely allergic to all nuts, not just peanut. The nurse at school didnt think it would be possible to ask the parents not to send nut products for snack time. But dd's allergist send a very detailed letter to the school and so Finally the nurse is pushing the issue and also getting us a nut free table in the lunch room. I am getting a little more comfortable with this school now...yeah, now that school is almost over. I am hoping next year will be a lot more smooth!

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

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2006 - 2:30am
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Helen,
Sounds like you're moving in the right direction. It's a shame the nurse wasn't proactive from the beginning, but glad she's following your doctor's orders.
When our DD was diagnosed, I had no idea how much of an advocate I'd have to become for our daughter - really didn't know much at the time about PA in general. It's certainly a constant learning experience, but manageable.
Best wishes!

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2006 - 5:11am
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Thanks so much! I was told this morning that dd will have a "desk" pulled up to the lunch table for HER that will be Nut-Free and no one else will get to sit there during any of the lunches. I am just hoping that dd will be ok with this arrangement and not feel sacluded in any way. I was told this is just until the end of this year and they can get a more permenant table for her for next year.
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)
[This message has been edited by TeddyAlly (edited April 10, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 04/27/2006 - 8:55am
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I just had a meeting yesterday with my PA DS's Principal and the school Food Service Director. Ryan will be in first grade next year and I am only going to send him with a cold lunch.
The director told me this is what she is going to put into place:
* a peanut-free table with signs on the
table saying no one with a peanutbutter
anything can sit there.
* they are going to have special cloths and
bucket for that table only. The cloth
will be a different color than the rest.
* the peanutbutter will be moved away from
all the other foods and will be placed on
its own table in case Ryan would need
mustard or whatever.
* if he does decide in the future to eat a
hot lunch, he will not have to empty his
tray.
* all of the teachers eat with their class,
so she will be able to keep an eye on Ryan
* the principal is going to have the kids
wash their hands before and after eating
lunch and snack in his classroom.
* his table will be the furthest away from
the peanutbutter table
She also said if there was something that was not working well, we would have another meeting immediately and change it.
Jan

Posted on: Fri, 04/28/2006 - 12:25pm
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Wow, Jan, that is great!!! Thank you for sharing. My daughter got "her desk" this week in the lunch room. It is a regular small school table top with a chair and it is butted up to the end of her table. NO ONE in the school can sit there besides her. They too are using special clothes and soaps on her table..just using them on only her table. They are getting a Nut Free sign or sticker for it as well. DD Loves it! Makes her feel special rather than seperated..I love it!
Thank you again for sharing what is happening in your child's lunch room!!
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2006 - 2:30am
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Joined: 10/21/2003 - 09:00

Helen,
Sounds like you're moving in the right direction. It's a shame the nurse wasn't proactive from the beginning, but glad she's following your doctor's orders.
When our DD was diagnosed, I had no idea how much of an advocate I'd have to become for our daughter - really didn't know much at the time about PA in general. It's certainly a constant learning experience, but manageable.
Best wishes!

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2006 - 5:11am
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Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

Thanks so much! I was told this morning that dd will have a "desk" pulled up to the lunch table for HER that will be Nut-Free and no one else will get to sit there during any of the lunches. I am just hoping that dd will be ok with this arrangement and not feel sacluded in any way. I was told this is just until the end of this year and they can get a more permenant table for her for next year.
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)
[This message has been edited by TeddyAlly (edited April 10, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 04/27/2006 - 8:55am
seanmn's picture
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Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

I just had a meeting yesterday with my PA DS's Principal and the school Food Service Director. Ryan will be in first grade next year and I am only going to send him with a cold lunch.
The director told me this is what she is going to put into place:
* a peanut-free table with signs on the
table saying no one with a peanutbutter
anything can sit there.
* they are going to have special cloths and
bucket for that table only. The cloth
will be a different color than the rest.
* the peanutbutter will be moved away from
all the other foods and will be placed on
its own table in case Ryan would need
mustard or whatever.
* if he does decide in the future to eat a
hot lunch, he will not have to empty his
tray.
* all of the teachers eat with their class,
so she will be able to keep an eye on Ryan
* the principal is going to have the kids
wash their hands before and after eating
lunch and snack in his classroom.
* his table will be the furthest away from
the peanutbutter table
She also said if there was something that was not working well, we would have another meeting immediately and change it.
Jan

Posted on: Fri, 04/28/2006 - 12:25pm
TeddyAlly's picture
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Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

Wow, Jan, that is great!!! Thank you for sharing. My daughter got "her desk" this week in the lunch room. It is a regular small school table top with a chair and it is butted up to the end of her table. NO ONE in the school can sit there besides her. They too are using special clothes and soaps on her table..just using them on only her table. They are getting a Nut Free sign or sticker for it as well. DD Loves it! Makes her feel special rather than seperated..I love it!
Thank you again for sharing what is happening in your child's lunch room!!
------------------
Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

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