Have you chosen to homeschool due to saftey of your child at a public school?

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 6:18am
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We are fairly new to this PA/TNA stuff and DD will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2005, I know this seems like a long time away, but I have been told I need to start preparing the school for DD at least one year in advanc, which would be this fall. My question is this-have you chosen to homeschool your DS or DD due to a saftey issue at a public school such as EMS service too far away? No full time nurse on duty at school? School to far away from the nearest hospital? Trust in others to do what is right at the school with no full time nurse? Or any other reasons. I am just trying to collect information to see if anyone else has of had the same concerns as I do and what decisions they have made? Any suggestions or help are appreciated.

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Alicia, mom to:
Edward-20 years-non PA
Cody-8 years-non PA
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,Asthma

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 12:12pm
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You might want to do a search on this topic, I know it's been discussed recently.
We will be homeschooling DS, a lack of trust in others would be the primary reason. I've seen very well intentioned and loving relatives make mistakes that could have been very serious and I've seen highly trained medical personnel take down DS' information and then completely screw up. So I'm not really that confident in complete strangers.
DS is allergic to many many foods though, some of which couldn't be eliminated from the school or even limited really so we just felt the cumulative risk to his safety would be too high.

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 9:22am
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It was a mix of not having a lot of trust in the school system health "system", and total lack of trust in the schoo system educational approach ....

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 9:54am
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Interesting quote I came across on the top of a "Cheerios" box:
"Once your consciousness has been raised, it cannot be lowered."
I posted in another thread:
"As I realized we could never eliminate all risk at school, *in our personal situation*, and contemplated the consequences of such a risk, *in our personal situation*, I also realized that it was necessary ,*in our personal situation*, for my son to be in close proximity to his life saving medication. For us (my husband and I) to willingly place him in a situation where this was not possible (being in close proximity to his life saving medication) would be negligent on our (my husband and I) part. Quite possibly malpractice. Knowing what we (my husband and I) know.
The 504 meetings did not yield this result. (Our son being in "close proximity" to life-saving medication). Knowing what we (my husband and I) know, and post cold realization that the school,*in our personal situation*, and it's agents,*in our personal situation*, surely must fit one of the following options:
1. Did not hold the same opinion.
2. Did hold the same opinion and were unwilling to accomodate.(Perhaps this is why they strongly suggested we "homeschool" ie, Principal stated to us:"You should homeschool your child.")
3. Did hold the same opinion and were unable to accomodate. (Perhaps this is why they strongly suggested we "homeschool" ie, Principal stated to us:"You should homeschool your child.")
Irregardless of the situation that existed, my son was being placed directly in the way of unnecessary risk,*in our personal situation*. That is what we (my family) found most unacceptable."
Link of Interest:
(to a document entitled: "Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools")
[url="http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf"]http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf[/url]
note on page 3: "*Schools should be prepared to manage an anaphylactic emergency by:......
(d) maintaining a current supply of epinephrine by auto-injector in at least two easily accessible loctions and/or carried by the student when appropriate. (Please note: epinephrine should never be kept in a locked cabinet.)"
Also of interest is "Appendix C" on pages 42-43 of the same document."
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/003704.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/003704.html[/url]
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form, merely relating my family's *unique and personal* situation. I do not guarantee the accuracy or content of the link in this post.'"

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