How Many Did Not Have Reactions at School This Year?

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/2004 - 3:48am
blair's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

The school year is finished for most all of us now, I believe, and I was wondering how many people managed to get through the school year reaction free at the school (i.e., if your child had a reaction, but it was not at school, but didn't have a reaction at school at all).

If your child did get through the year reaction free, do you believe it was because of something that you had implemented, if American, in your 504 Plan, if Canadian, some requirement that you had of the school?
Or did they just manage to get through the year reaction free regardless (that may be a Catch 22 question, I'm not sure [img][/img] )

Jesse just finished his fifth year of school.
He has only had one reaction at school, last year, the whole breakfast program thing.

He managed to get through this school year, without a reaction at school, even though his written school plan was not even accepted and implemented.

What we did have, and what I still believe does help keep Jesse reaction free, is a "peanut free" classroom (remembering that the children eat their food in the classroom at lunch).

Children ate their morning and afternoon snacks on the playground (which I found most strange, especially during winter months) and Jesse certainly played on the playground equipment, but again, no reaction.

He maneuvered through the school, as he has for the previous four years, for different classes, that were not "peanut free" and still, no reaction.

I was thinking about this last night and now I'm re-thinking the reaction that Jesse did have at school last year. I'm wondering if it actually was to residue, as I have always thought, or if it wasn't something he did eat in the peanut free breakfast program.

How has he managed to remain reaction free all these years with playgrounds that are not "peanut free"?

Just really wanted to read some success stories, especially for those parents preparing their children for school for the first time this coming Fall.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]


Posted on: Sun, 06/27/2004 - 5:10am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ryan had no reactions in Kindergarten with a 98% attendance rate, and no reactions in First Grade with a 99% attendance rate. The only missed day and a half of school this past year was because of pink eye.
He is in an extremely restrictive peanut-free classroom, but not a peanut-free school.

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/2004 - 5:15am
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Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00 son DID NOT have a reaction his entire first year of school! Yeah!!!!
I definitly feel the Peanut-Free classroom was a big part. Also, the Hand-washing policy that was implemented having everyone student/parent/staff member wash their hands when entering the classroom.
He also had a wonderful Aide that was with him at all times, carried his medicine, wiped things down and kept a close eye on him.
We do have a 504 Plan and I think that helps, as well. Even though, we did have a rocky start with things not being followed through on the Plan. But, a couple meetings later and things got much better!
Hoping for another reaction-free school year in Kindergarten!!
Mommy to:
Jake~ 5 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 3 yrs. old- Not PA

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/2004 - 11:48am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Another year and no reactions. Scott just finished grade 3 - so that is 5 years of school.
During the first week, there were three new children to the school who were bringing in food with peanuts or 'may contain'. Scott recognized them and told the teacher. Teacher spoke to the kids and she had Scott do a little presentation to them - I mentioned this in another posting. This years teacher invited me to the class this year as well. I just sat at the front and explained the allergy and what could happen, etc.
While adolescence might prove to be a whole new ball game - as the PA gets older they know what is safe and what is not and really learn to take care of themselves.

Posted on: Mon, 06/28/2004 - 5:08am
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Joined: 05/06/2003 - 09:00

No reactions here. It was a preschool class for older 3s or younger 4s in age. The whole building is peanut free, so I'm not sure it counts. Still, we are glad!

Posted on: Mon, 06/28/2004 - 6:07am
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Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Leah just finished 3rd grade, so that is four years of public school with [b]no[/b] [b]reactions[/b]! Her 504 is mostly a document designed to make sure that she can be fully included in all classroom activities. There is no restriction on what kids can bring for their own lunches and snacks. She sits with kids who eat peanut containing foods.
So, what do I attribute 4 years of no reactions at school? Great question. I guess I truly believe in my heart, at this point, that she is not as severely allergic as some others. We treat her as though she is, in terms of always being prepared with the epi. However, our comfort zone is pretty broad and I am becoming less and less *concerned* about her pa as the years go by with no reaction.
She has not reacted to peanuts in over 4 1/2 years. That reaction was to eating something (by mistake) that turned out to have actual peanut butter in it.
Crossing my fingers for more reaction free years. God knows I have enough on my plate with dd that it would be great if pa could sort of take a back seat.
HTH, Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 06/28/2004 - 8:21am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

DS just finished 4th grade, which means five years of school with no reactions! Knock on wood, salt over my shoulder, poo-poo-poo.
I credit the restrictions in his classroom, his peanut-free table at lunch and his own vigilance.

Posted on: Mon, 06/28/2004 - 11:03am
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blair (not verified)

DS will be 14 this year so nine years of schooling no reactions in those school years while at school. The school has been wonderful let me go on over night trips and coordinate safe food.
there have been forgotten lunches in car couple times( without parent realizing this) but DS chose not to risk eating stuff not sure about and he had already stopped me from leaving safe batch of foods in the classroom since end of 4th grade.
currently allergic; Peanut, tree nuts, eggs, all shellfish, and sesame seeds.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/2004 - 3:20am
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Joined: 07/01/2004 - 09:00

Maya was reaction free at school this year. The first half of the year she was in a strictly peanut free classroom. We moved and the second half of the year it was not peanut free...the teacher was just great about Maya's PA (they had been having peanut butter as a snack, but she threw out the jar before Maya started...and she checks labels on anything before she gives it to Maya)
Maya will have this same teacher next year, so I'm not too worried about next year's starting kindergarten and on that i'm worried about...but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/2004 - 4:24am
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Anonymous (not verified)

MayaLily, welcome! [img][/img]
I didn't mean for this thread to make people feel bad whose children had had reactions at school this year, and I'm sure there were some.
What I was hoping was to show that some of our children did make it through a school year reaction free, if only to help members who are becoming anxious already (and with *good* reason) about their PA children starting school in the Fall for the first time.
I have since concluded, since re-examining the thread re Jesse's last reaction (the only one he has had at school in five years), speaking with my DH, and posting about it here, that it was something Jesse ate that morning in the breakfast program.
I think it was the corn flakes, even though he was the only one eating from the bag and had consumed at least one third of the bag before the day he had the reaction.
However, I do still credit him having a "peanut free" classroom and yes, his own diligence and awareness of his allergy, for him remaining reaction free (while still having in the back of my head that sh** happens clause, just in case).
Of course, I see another question coming. [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/2004 - 4:38am
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Joined: 07/01/2004 - 09:00

Thanks for the welcome!
I would hope people wouldn't feel bad about a reaction that occurred at school...I'm very lucky that Maya's teacher is very open and diligent (as far as I can tell) about her allergy. and I definitely feel luck is involved since it is not a peanut free environment.
I'd be interested to hear from people who did have reactions during school to see what might contribute to it, how it was handled, etc...
Maya's 3 reactions were my fault...blatantly my fault and had nothing to do with school. the 1st was the rash when she had pb for the first time, the second was a rash from cross contamination in a pie, and the third was an ana. reaction when i gave her a peanut...we had given her a pb&j sandwich the week before with no reaction and thought she had outgrown the allergy. boy were we wrong!
kristen [img][/img]


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