How many of you let your child eat lunch at school?

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 1:45am
meadow's picture
Joined: 10/21/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone,

I'm wondering how many of you let your child(ren) eat lunch at school. If you do let your child eat lunch at school, do you let your child(ren) eat in the cafeteria with the other students?

We just got our rast test results yesterday, and our daughter 100+ for peanuts meaning she's the most allergic (class 6). We knew it was high, but never thought it was the highest. We also found out she's a class 3 for almonds - shocking since we did an oral challenge and she's also allergic to sesame seeds (class 2). She's had buns with sesame seeds a million times and never reacted or complained. We were shocked by the latter two results. She also reaction to airborne exposure to peanuts.

I do not know what to do about school lunches. I feel like I should pick her up for lunch every day. I don't know how she'd feel about being separated from her peers if she ate in a different room.

Our doctor is pretty adamant about her not being at a peanut-free table with kids eating pbj sandwiches around her. He feels it's an unnecessary risk.

Any input or experiences you can share with me will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much,

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 3:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

meadow, are you American? Do you have a 504 Plan in place for your daughter at school? Could it include the provision of a peanut free table for her and then, with some effort on your part (and education), getting some of her classmates that would eat lunch with her so she wouldn't be isolated?
My son has always eaten lunch at school. However, he has a "peanut free" classroom and the kids eat in their classrooms where I am in Canada.
Also, just thinking out loud but if your daughter is that sensitive, I'm wondering what other precautions you may want to put into place in a 504 Plan.
Not sure if this helped.
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Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 3:54am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

Jason eats lunch a school, although it is a lunch that we pack for him. The kids only get 20 minutes to eat, plus 15 or 20 to play, so it's not worth it to check him out from school to bring him home for lunch. The roundtrip between home and school is about 15-20 minutes depending on traffic.
He eats at the table with the rest of his class. I found out yesterday that the tables are absolutely filthy most of the time. I'm not happy about that but that problem will be fixed. I would like to have a peanut free zone for him, but getting the principal to agree to that has been a battle.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (6 PA/TnA/other FAs and EAs),Joey (4 NKA) and Allison (1 suspected milk allergy)

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 4:09am
sport's picture
Joined: 10/01/2002 - 09:00

I send my childrens lunch each day simply because I want to know for sure what they are eating. They eat their lunch in the lunchroom, but do not sit by or anywhere near anyone eating peanut butter. After each class eats, the tables are cleaned with hot, soapy water. It has worked well so far.

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 12:30pm
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

My son is 7 years old and he eats lunch at school. We do not have a cafeteria that sells food, so he brings his lunch (as does everyone). He does not take his food out of his lunchbox and set it on the table, instead he unzips his lunch box...lays it out and eats out of it (also a common practice among the 1st graders).
He does not eat at a peanut free table, but he usually will move over if someone directly next to him is eating PB. The tables are wiped down between every lunch period.

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 9:27pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ry eats his lunch (brought from home) in the school cafeteria. He is at a peanut-free table which has a buffer zone of at least 5 - 6 feet from any other table, placed farthest away from the serving lines and garbage cans, and closest to a double, opened door to the hallway.
His table is flipped up until he eats there, and is wiped down before using by the cafeteria staff. PB & J is not a staple in our cafeteria, however celery with PB is served occasionally, as is a peanut chocolate type of confection on certain holidays. Ryan is removed from the cafeteria on those days. His teacher lets him eat in the classroom with her (and the other child with a peanut allergy), or I do know once he ate lunch with the principal. I have offered to come in and eat lunch with him because I'd love to do that too, but no one has taken me up on my offer yet.
Every month I review the lunch menu and mark a C on the days when kids (buying school lunch only--nothing brought from home) can sit at the peanut-free table. There are only about 2 or 3 days per month when no one can sit at the table because of maybe a possible cross-contamination issue (re: trail mix with tree nuts, but no peanuts), and maybe once a month when he has to eat in the room because of the celery issue or the special treat thing. A small price to pay for his many days of enjoyment in the school cafeteria.
Ryan was >100 on his RAST prior to Kindergarten. The one day before first grade was >64. It did go down.

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