How Many PA Going to School For the First Time This Year (Full or Part-Time)

Posted on: Sun, 07/28/2002 - 10:20am
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pHow many of you have PA children that are going to school for the first time this coming Fall?/p
pWhat have you put into place or feel you need to to feel comfortable with your child going to school?/p
pIs there anything that you feel you could use help from members here with who already have children in school?/p
pBest wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p
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Posted on: Mon, 07/29/2002 - 11:27pm
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Got one little guy here. My plans are listed under Ryan's 504.
We're off to the allergist right now to drop of Ryan's updated 504 for comments, then his physical form for school at the pediatrician, then two new face masks w/tubing for the nebulizer in case they need to neb him at school...
So many things to do, so little time. But that's good because when I think about him going to school, well lets just say I'm sure under my dyed blonde hair I have lots of sprouting grey hairs.

Posted on: Tue, 07/30/2002 - 1:05am
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Andy is headed to kindergarten this fall. We have half-days here ... But in fact, he'll only be in the regular kindergarten program 2 days a week. The other three days he attends a special program for children with language problems. (That program is held in a rehabilitation hospital, and when he attended the companion pre-school last year, they were beyond fantastic when it came to his allergies.)
As for the regular school system, I'm slowly, but surely, getting things in place. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I'm so grateful to everyone here. It's nice to know that I don't need to re-invent the wheel when it comes to things like documents, etc.
Anyway, I'll surely be posting a LOT more as first-day-of-school gets closer!
~Tracey~

Posted on: Tue, 07/30/2002 - 4:11am
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I'm even feeling that it's getting close and I have until after Labour Day before the kids go back! I know that I have to meet with school personnel in late August, but not clear when so I have to gear up soon, I guess with the paperwork I want to present.
I also just realized that I don't have a family doctor here to sign off on Jesse's meds. They just used the one that was signed at the beginning of the school year last year when we moved here. So, another thing to add to the list.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 07/30/2002 - 12:08pm
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Great thread. Cindy, you have started some incredible threads!
Our little guy will turn 4 at the end of august and he will go in 3 weeks to Pre-K for the first time!! I am nervous.
He has a medic alert bracelet. The school is very aware of his allergies and have been working all summer on a school wide plan for students with food allergies (preK to 12th grade). My husband met with the Headmaster to express our concerns. We have informally met with the preschool director and she has been helpful. We will know who his teachers are by next week and then we will meet with them and discuss things. We were going to give the teacher a cell phone to wear, our DS will wear an Epipen (they don't know that yet!), he will only eat food from home.....we have been prepping him for that. He will have wet wipes in his lunchbox so that he washes his hands before snack and lunch (both of which will be in his lunch box). We have gotten him to not suck his thumb during the day anymore. BIG STEP. Tonight my husband put a glove on his hand and said congratulations you are now in the thumb sucking glove protection program!! And our DS loved that!
no 504 since he is in private school. will also notify the 911 folks if they get a call from the school about him to send advanced life support for kids.
i have taken off from work for the first 2 days of school. will be there.....

Posted on: Fri, 08/02/2002 - 11:00am
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My five yr. old daughter starts school at the end of the month. She'll be in all day everyday kindergarten. Please see my information under Doctor's letter.
tkiamly

Posted on: Fri, 08/02/2002 - 2:05pm
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My 5 1/2yr old son is starting full-time kindergarten next month.
In the process of implementing a 504 plan. Have been told this will happen. We will see. I'm more than ready to make my next move, including not having my son attend school until it is in place.
Met with my son's teacher today. She is wonderful! She was very warm and assured us that she will learn as much as we can teach her about his severe allergies.
UNFORTUNATELY the Principal is another story. As far as my husband and I are concerned, she does'nt seem to really care. She seems to think a peanut free table is not necessary and has not much of a problem with him eating his lunch alone, isolated from the other children or eating at home.
Pray for me Cindy,,
I'm entering where other brave PA parents have gone before. I appreciate all of everyone elses experiences.
Love TLSMOM

Posted on: Fri, 08/02/2002 - 3:31pm
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TSLMom, you are in a really difficult position. Jesse's teacher in JK/SK was absolutely wonderful re his allergy but when there were any *issues* that the principal had to deal with that she didn't feel like dealing with at the time, his teacher got caught in the middle because the principal was ultimately her boss. I felt really sorry for her because for some stupid reason that escapes me now, the principal tore a piece out of her for something she should have been dealing with me with.
I really think it's necessary for you to get a 504 Plan implemented. I'm not clear, because I'm not American, but can you specify in your 504 that you DEMAND (*want* is a *nice* word) a *peanut free* table for your son?
Even if he was the only PA child, you then bring the FAAN BE A PAL programme into place whereby you get a buddy from your son's class (or two or more) who agree not to bring peanut products in their snacks/lunches and sit with your son so that he is not sitting alone.
It is not right that your child should have to sit alone/separated because he is PA! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] Yes, of course, if all of the other children will be eating peanut products, then of course he'll be safer, but it's not right and certainly potentially psychologically harmful.
I have been extremely fortunate in that Jesse had the right to a "peanut free" classroom and the children eat in their classrooms. He was never astrocized.
I have battled with this each year due to our moving, and now, we just found out last night that we will be moving to another home, still in the same town, but a different school, so the same old stuff starts over again.
The thing though is, you have the support of this whole board to help you through this and it is wonderful.
Members have contacted me off-the-board when I have been having school difficulties in the past and offered their help and guidance and things that really did work to get things in place for Jesse to be safe at school. That's what we're all here for.
You'll be okay, we're all here for you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 08/02/2002 - 10:00pm
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Nathan is set to start K in Sept. We've been meeting with the school since last year. Our information is posted under Schools: Our outline for school.
Some days I think everything's going to be just fine, and others I get panicky. Guess that's normal - it is with all the other aspects of PA, so why not this one?
Good luck everyone!!

Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2002 - 6:19am
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Lam, I was waiting for you to pop into this thread because I knew your little guy was going this year and I also know how long you've been preparing for it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
You're absolutely right though, it's kinda a day-to-day thing. You feel panicky one day and not so the next. What I found once Jesse went to school, I was EXTREMELY anxious the first month and then after that it settled down.
I've also found that I still do experience that each year when he starts school. EXTREMELY anxious for the first month of school (this will be his fourth year) and then it lessens once you know, as I've been fortunate to, that his teacher is capable/caring and there is a good school plan in place that is being followed/adhered to.
Truthfully, I have been very, very fortunate, despite my bi*ching about school constantly here because Jesse has never had a reaction at school. It had been statistically shown previously (when he started school) that a child would have an anaphylactic reaction (one who had already had one) within one year of starting school, and I believe it was like 60%. I'll have to check that stat, but it was pretty high, perhaps even 50%. It was high enough to be scary.
Lam, you're so well prepared (and I say this without being able to look at your thread right now - screaming daughter in my face [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] ) , you and your son will really be okay. And we're here for you as well, you know that! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2002 - 9:12am
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my son andrew is 4 and going on the 16 of september for the first time to juniork and we are very nervoes to because he is going to katholicschool and they havent callt us or talkt to us that is the reason that we askt our allergiest to set up an apointment with the school but he also told us we will see but it mid be better for him to go to publicschool so we wait and see ,thanks thomas

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