Greenwich/New Caanan/Darien CT - need info on good schools for MFAs

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Hi. I have posted several times in the past but not recently (but I come to this site everyday!). I have a 7 year old son with MFAs (dairy, nuts, eggs, sesame, shellfish). I have just learned we will be moving to SE Conneticut next year. But I wanted to get a start on looking for schools as I would like to get a sense of where we should potentially live etc...

I would really appreciate any input or feedback on the school systems in Greenwich, New Caanan and Darien with respect to how they deal with MFAs. Are there any public elementary schools or school districts that anyone would recommend? We would also consider private. My son is currently in a small private school that has been wonderful with him. But I don't know if we will be able to send him to private school when we move.

Thanks so much for any info. Any comments pro or con would be greatly appreciated.

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On Sep 5, 2007

Here is the policy regarding allergies for New Canaan:

[url="http://www.newcanaan.k12.ct.us/reports/0405/050405_5461%20Food%20Allergy%20policy.pdf"]http://www.newcanaan.k12.ct.us/reports/0405/050405_5461%20Food%20Allergy%20policy.pdf[/url]

On Sep 5, 2007

Greenwich has a policy that states that in some cases they will grant a 504 to children with LTFA....

[url="http://www.greenwich.k12.ct.us/uploaded/district/Board_of_Education/procedures/E0407Nutrition.pdf"]http://www.greenwich.k12.ct.us/uploaded/district/Board_of_Education/procedures/E0407Nutrition.pdf[/url]

On Sep 5, 2007

Dear Lori Anne,

Thank-you very much for the inforamtion. It is nice to know that specific policies exist!

On Sep 5, 2007

You might want to get in touch with the schools to get a feel for how they handle things.

I've heard that New Canaan has food free birthdays and does not allow peanuts or tree nuts to be served at all. I'm not positive though.

They are VERY nice towns. I have family members who taught in New Canaan and Darien, so I know there are good school systems there. I just don't know much about how they handle allergies. The relative who taught in New Canaan passed away. The other family member that teaches in Darien teaches high school. He has never mentioned allergen policies to me.

Good luck with your search!

edited to add policy from West School in New Canaan:

[url="http://www.newcanaan.k12.ct.us/west/FAQs.html"]http://www.newcanaan.k12.ct.us/west/FAQs.html[/url]

************** West School's allergy policy is outlined in the Student Handbook/ Directory. It states that in classrooms where students have life-threatening food allergies, all food brought into the classroom for celebrations or curriculum-based activities must be free of allergens. and must be either commercially prepared and accompanied by a printed ingredient statement or provided for the entire class by the parent of the allergic child. The parent of the child with allergies may provide safe foods for his/her child, if preferred.

Other steps taken to assure the safety of children with allergies include the following:

Eating is NOT permitted in the bus lines or pick-up lines as well as on the bus.

Children are NOT to share food or exchange eating utensils.

Before school begins, we send a letter home to the parents of all children in any class where there is a child with allergies, explaining the allergy and what it means for the classroom.

At Open House, parents of children with allergies are invited to explain their child's allergies to the attending parents.

In the lunchroom, we provide allergen-free tables for students, making certain that no child is left to eat alone.

Evening program organizers have been conscientious about providing allergen-free refreshments. However, we no longer allow snacks in classrooms during before/after school programs, Green Triangle book discussions, etc. Girl Scouts eat their snacks in the BBT or faculty dining room ONLY.

While we cannot guarantee the complete elimination of all allergens from the school environment, we can and will continue to be vigilant and proactive, taking the necessary precautions to keep all West School children safe.

Birthday Celebrations The policy regarding birthday celebrations at West has changed. Because of the increasing number of students with food allergies, food or goodie bags are NO longer permitted for birthday celebrations. Our new policy for birthday celebrations at school invites parents to donate a book to the class library. We thank you for your cooperation.

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[This message has been edited by Lori Anne (edited September 05, 2007).]

On Sep 5, 2007

Dear Lori Anne,

Thanks so much again for the additional information. I had gone on the New Caanan public school web site but didn't find this information so I greatly appreciate you posting it. Thanks again!!

On Sep 5, 2007

West school is just one of the elementary schools there. They have South School and East School too. Not sure if there are others. Good luck!

On Sep 5, 2007

Wilton has excellent policies in place.

You can find their website and dig for info there. I saw it at some point and their policies were excellent.

On Sep 5, 2007

Yes, my cousins attended Wilton schools. Wilton schools are also excellent schools. Here is a memo from the superintendent regarding peanut allergies:

[url="http://www.wilton.k12.ct.us/district/FAQ/food_allergy_memo.doc"]http://www.wilton.k12.ct.us/district/FAQ/food_allergy_memo.doc[/url]

Here is a link to info for the school system:

[url="http://www.wilton.k12.ct.us/"]http://www.wilton.k12.ct.us/[/url]

On Sep 5, 2007

Thanks for the leads. It is helping me feel a little more reassured. I think I will call around to some of the schools. The New Caanan policy actually looks pretty informed and comprehensive. Thanks again for all your help!

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