Has anyone ever drafted a Food Allergy Policy for their school?

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 4:58am
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I may or not be wanting to do this. I could use some insights, please. My story about this can be found in the "Bake Sale" thread in the Schools forum: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/000812.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/000812.html[/url]

Thanks.

[This message has been edited by arachide (edited January 14, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 5:42am
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I did not formally draft a policy. Our school district sounds similar to yours. Some things did not have a district wide policy, such as how to deal with peanut allergies. That is left up to each principal to handle as they see fit. The first principal we had to deal wtih didn't want to ruffle any feathers (upset any other parents), so she said she could only have our sons class called a "peanut safe zone" and she suggested parents may want to not send peanut products. The letter stating this only went home with the other parents after I harassed her repeatedly, then just wrote my own very strict letter and handed it to her to copy. She drafted a nicer letter and sent it out. At the beginning of grade 2 our son had an anaphylactic reaction at a school function. I went into the new principals office and said "I need the whole school to be peanut free". She said OK, teach me everything I need to know so I can educate the school community, teachers, staff, students and parents. She took a lot of crap from some parents but put my sons safety above someones convenience. That is how our school policy came about, as far as I know it is not drafted up in some policy book.
The principal happened to see my sons last anaphylactic reaction and she was scared to death. She continues to remind everyone on a regular basis, and as I said I continue to be very involved at the school to keep an eye on things. I don't think having a written policy at our school would change anything. Even with our school being a peanut free school I still know mistakes can/will be made, to me it's all about reducing the risk. So far, so good.
So I guess that was a really long explanation to why I can't help you with yours, but I wish you luck. Let me know how it goes.
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Cynde

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 9:37am
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We were the first family in our area (St. Louis suburb) to request written procedures for food allergies. The superintendent developed "guidelines" that any principal in the district can use, but like Cynde above, it is up to each individual principal's discresion whether or not an individual school will do so.
We do not have a nut-free building. Students are free to bring in anything they want for their lunch. Our school does not have bake sales, but that's because of another policy re hepetitis. Basically the guidelines say that the classroom of a food allergic child can be "food free", and that (aside from the school lunch program which is nut-free) the child can only eat food/drink provided by his/her parents.
I have a copy of the guidelines and I can post them if you'd like. The guidelines paved the way for us to obtain a written accommodation plan (IHP) for our dd. Although I agree that a plan is only as good as the people implementing it, we have found that having procedures clearly delineated and signed (principal, teacher, nurse, counselor) has been extremely effective.
Gail

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 10:07am
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Hi Cynde and Gail,
Gail, by all means, if you've the time to post those guidelines, I'd really love to see them (but only if it's not too much trouble for you).
I agree that written policies are only as effective as those responsible for implementing them make them --but having things outlined on paper can only be a first step, no?

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 10:21am
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I didn't mean to imply that you shouldn't do it. I just meant we hadn't because I am comfortable with our situation. I would like to be kept posted with how it goes, it could very well be something I may have to deal with someday. Good luck
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Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 1:20pm
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Hi Arachide
I believe Peanut Trace has a policy that may help you.
I will raise the thread for you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Woops, almost forgot, its in the Schools section titled, Ontario-School Council "Food Safety and Handling Procedure". [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Adam's Mom (edited January 14, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 10:12pm
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My DH and I wrote out the plans for our son for school. The principal and others involved approved them. These are not school-wide guidelines, if that's what you are asking about.
I posted our plans under Schools: "Our outline for school".

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 10:51pm
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Hi Arachide,
I was involved in the implementation of a food allergy policy in our district. Believe it or not after all that work I never got the "finished" copy of it, but I'm sure I have a working copy. Contact me off board if you want me to mail it to you.
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 11:28pm
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Hi all,
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Cynde.
I got a call yesterday evening from the president of the school Governing Board. He wanted another copy of my initial letter for a meeting they were having that night. Seems my letter was on their agenda. I asked that he let me know the outcome of their discussion. Stay tuned.
Adam's Mom: Thanks for raising that thread. I left a post for PeanutTrace. I hope she sees it as her email addy is not listed in her profile.
Lam: I'll head over to your thread as soon as her Imperial Highness, my 3 yo, lets me... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
Amy: I'll contact ya soon (and Katiee 'cuz I want to talk to her about being an Allergy Awareness person on her school committee). I've been slowly recovering from having my computer fried from a blown power supply. Nothing like seeing smoke come out of your computer when you turn it on...
Thanks everybody.

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 1:36am
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Hi arachide,
I posted our district's guidelines on the School Board called "Ladue School District's Food Allergy Guidelines". Let me know if you are interested in obtaining any specific information (IHP, for example) that I referred to there.
Good luck,
Gail

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 2:18am
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arachide,
I just raised two threads under Schools for you. The "outline" and one called "Can you help me straighten some things out". In that one I posted our "Signs of an Allergic Reaction" and the treatments we request for our son.
HTH. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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