Help obtaining information to write policy for a peanut aware school

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2008 - 4:24am
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My son is 4 years old and has a severe peanut allergy with acute asthma. He currently attends a private christian school where the principal does not understand peanut allergies. In the last 6 weeks he has been exposed to a project made with peanut butter and sent home with peanut candy. I was told that it was ok for my son's teacher to decide to do a peanut project and that the schools solution would continue to be to send him home for the day.

Because of my concerns I went to the supervisors of this principal and they have decided that-- in my state-- in their private Christian schools, they will make the individual rooms that have children with peanut allergies in them be peanut aware. This translates to not allowing peanut products to be brought into their classrooms. I am trying to find information about policies and procedures from other schools that might have peanut aware classrooms. This would give them a model to look at while they are starting this process.

This could be huge as this Christian school has schools in all states and could potenially trickle over to other states. If anyone has any information that could help me or any idea where to find what I am looking for I would really appreciate it.

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2008 - 9:42pm
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Hi - I'm sorry to hear your school is not being more responsible. Your son has a right to not be excluded from school, especially if it is as easy as not doing a lesson. Not to be rude, but what kind of character traits are they teaching the other kids to make your son feel not welcome. My daughter attends an inner city public school and the whole school knows her, respects her allergy by not bringing in or serving any peanut products. Every staff member has been trained on the epi-pen, and they regard the responsibility of protecting her as a very important job description. I am also a teacher and whenever I hear of teachers who challenge this, I can only say shame on them. Don't settle for this! It is nothing your family should feel embarrassed of.
Amy
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Posted on: Sat, 03/08/2008 - 12:23am
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Welcome to the board kjou and intoeden. I don't want to interrupt kjou's concerns but I wanted to let you know you were both welcomed.
kjou, I applaud you for your successful advocacy for your child and I'm sure many here can offer suggestions. The following link is from FAAN.
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/school/SchoolGuidelines.pdf"]FAAN[/url]
intoeden, glad to hear you have such an awesome fa aware school. Kudos to them!

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2008 - 3:04am
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Some people think that segregating pa children into one area is wrong, despite being safe. Does this school take any money from the federal government? If they do, they must follow federal anti discrimination laws. Including Section 504.
[b] I was told that it was ok for my son's teacher to decide to do a peanut project and that the schools solution would continue to be to send him home for the day.[/b]
Um, this is very very wrong. Again, do they take federal money? For anything? Even for their food service?

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2008 - 8:17am
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No, my understanding is that they do not. That is what makes it somewhat complicated. I'm still trying to educate them. Does anyone have any idea how long peanut butter or oil stays on a surface if not cleaned properly?

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2008 - 11:05pm
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kjou, I can't answer your question about how long pb residue stays on surfaces - that's a good question, though. I'd like to know myself. I just wanted to let you know that I can relate to your situation with the private Christian school. I finally opted to take my daughter out of a private Christian school and homeschool because of the same kind of situation. They just wouldn't cooperate with us.
I personally find it discouraging and ironic that an institution that bills itself as a "Christian school" devalues my child to such a point that they risk her very life just because they don't want to give up their PBJ sandwiches and Reece's cups. That is contrary to the principles of Christianity, in my opinion. I did try repeatedly to educate them, but they just didn't care, I guess.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2008 - 6:51am
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I am new to this too & just wanted to welcome you!
I just joined this week & I have a baby with severe PA.
He is 6 months old.
I am looking forward to hearing responses as I will probably utilize the info as well, as I start my searches for daycare centers & preschools.
GL & Hope you get some great information.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2008 - 8:01am
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Hi,
So I misread your request. I thought you were trying to get info on a better plan for your child if so see below. but if you are looking for a school policy as an example try this one:
[url="http://www.spokaneschools.org/NutritionServices/Allergies/"]http://www.spokaneschools.org/NutritionServices/Allergies/[/url]
So does your school get any federal funds for anything? A lunch program etc. If so I believe you could try and get a 504 if you go to the school section their is ton on 504's. There is one in particular that is super long but has some good links about half way down on page 12.
this one [url="http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/154721#Post154721"]http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/154721#Post154721[/url]
Also check this site: [url="http://www.foodallergyadvocate.com/Section504IDEA.htm"]http://www.foodallergyadvocate.com/Section504IDEA.htm[/url]

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2008 - 8:35am
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Thanks so much for the Spokane website. It is quite helpful! I will pass it along with the other information I have started collecting.
I am pretty sure that the school does not receive any federal funds. I'll look into it though. Thanks again for the information.

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