HELP School meeting

Posted on: Mon, 02/28/2005 - 8:08pm
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Once again, I am going to a meeting with the principal and teacher of my daughters Kindergarten class.
what are the schools responsibilities?
what is the difference from nut free and nut allert? Out school is on "nut allert". They do not guarantee a nut free school and state that no school is nut free. I have complaints that the classroom itself is not nut free. The snack cupboard has had things in it that contain: m&m's, candy and crackers with traces of nuts. Once a month the class does a food craft called kindergarten kafe. This craft usually calls for m&m's for decorating, cupcakes, icing or other items. We had previously discussed this and agreed my child would be removed from the class and taken to another location to do the craft with food that I provide, however, if I am substituting ex. smarties for M&M's why aren't they? The argument on my part is are you allowing nuts on this day but not another day. My other point was being in the school on various occasions I noticed: kids with candy tubs (containing traces of nuts) offering candy to others, an adult walking through the hall eating a cookie with M&M's in it, Snickers wrapper on the floor in the hallway, almondillos being delivered to teachers at christmas time, bakery boxes going into classrooms, what do they contain?
I have already stated to the school our rules. No eating unless I send it. The teacher said "Well I have never seen her have a reaction. If she is going to react to something then it should happen within seconds of contact." Implying that I am overeacting. She hasn't had a visible reaction at school or home in a long time. However at christmas time she was reacting with small hives on her back and legs after being at school. I assumed due to the gingerbread houses that the kids had made which were brought into the classroom for the final day for pick up by parents. Not that she would touch the candy on them, but her immune system was down (we were all sick at christmas) and I believed she reacted from the smells in the air of 30 some candy houses. Again this seems ludicrous to them. Maybe I do go overboard, maybe I am mentally unstable when this issue arises, maybe I am overprotective, however the information I have read on PA is frightening. If her allergy is going to become more sensitive every time she is exposed to nuts then I want those exposures kept to a minimum. I had to fight the school at the beginning of the year to go totally nut free. They only wanted to make the classroom nut free. I had to provide a doctor's letter stating the severity of her allergy before they would consider doing the whole school. We said look, Its a contact allergy. I meet on Friday with the school again. The last time I met, they had an agenda written out. I felt I was being backed into a corner and made to defend myself. They asked things like, what do you do about church, restaurants, playing with other kids, ... so you'll allow this here, but not here attitude. I am frustrated with the school. I don't feel I have a legal backup anywhere. My doctor and family want me to have the school sign a document stating that if something happens to Sarah, then they are liable. What do I do? I have become the problem parent that they avoid. What do I need to take to this meeting. I am so stressed out about the whole thing.

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