Classroom policies

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2012 - 7:17am
hawkmom79's picture
Joined: 08/13/2012 - 14:11

Hi. I am new to actually posting on the board, but not to checking in from time to time. My son is starting kindergarten and has a severe peanut allergy as well as a tree nut allergy. I just met with the school nurse and his teacher to discuss his plan. They wanted to know if we was ingestion only or contact as well. I didn't know how to answer that, as the only experience we've ever had with him is ingesting a PB M&M nearly four years ago. They said if it was ingestion only, peanuts and peanut products will be allowed in the classroom. Regardless of what it is, processed or manufactured in products will be allowed at all times. I am completely appalled. Is this the norm? School starts in two days and I was not prepared for this ridiculousness. Also, the teacher told me that they will be making gingerbead cookies the first day and they will "run away" out of the oven for the kids to find them. After they search around, they will find them and get to eat one. She said I should send something in for him to eat that day. Am I wrong to find this completely inappropriate? It's my son's first day of school and already he will be excluded from the fun. Needless to say, I came home bawling from my meeting, but now I'm a little fired up and ready to stand up to this nonsense. Any veterans care to help? :)

Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2012 - 4:52am
coldfusion1205's picture
Joined: 02/11/2012 - 10:39

First let me say I'm sorry and I feel your pain. I have a PA/TA son and he was in all day every other day kindergarten last year. My son sat at a different lunch table and brought in his own snack. I went to every party and field trip as well just to make sure he was safe. I spoke with the room parent who planned all the parties and together we tried to make sure that the special snacks were safe but there was always something my son could not eat and although he understood it still made him sad. I also asked his school about a 504 plan and was told he did not liquify. Every day my son was in school I worried that I would get a call to the ER. After all this both my son and I were dreading this school year. My husband and I decided to pull both our boys out of school and place them in a K12 school. He loves doing his school work on the computer and I love the fact that I know every day he is safe!.

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