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Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 9:55pm
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Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

Bumping up, as I posted late last night.

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 10:38pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by melissa:
[b]I'm hoping some of you involved in this thread are still around (Becca, I know you are and always enjoy your input)...this was a really good thread that I stumbled upon...I'm trying to pick a preschool for DS and struggling w/ my thoughts.

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 11:46pm
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Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

My vote would be to ask for the peanut free room, and here's the argument I think I would use. The age of 3 is a critical factor, IMHO. They're messy eaters, and pb can get smeared in lots of places before teachers have a chance to clean everyone and tables properly.
It creates alot more work and vigilance for the teachers if pb or peanut products are allowed in the room, and a whole lot more cleaning.
My ds' teacher argument to parents is that having a child react, using the epipen, and calling an ambulance is very traumatic for ALL the children in the classroom.
Any chance there are any preschools around that just do snack and not lunch? I think a snack without peanuts is less challenging for other parents to avoid than a lunch.
If your child were older and extremely aware of his allergy and what he needs to do to keep himself safe, my answer might be different.
Good luck! Meg

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 3:24am
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Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Our school refuses to call anything (table, room, etc.) "peanut free". However, our 504 includes measures to *reduce* peanut in the classroom. This includes handwiping after snack and lunch recess. The school does not serve peanut butter or peanuts. The students are allowed to bring them from home, but we sent a letter *requesting* that they not send peanut butter for snack on rainy days. Food is consumed in the classroom during parties, by the teacher and on rainy days for snack. I am in charge of the party food, so no peanuts there. The teacher has agreed not to use food rewards. "May contains" are fine for my daughter to be around. The rule is that she only eats food brought from home, or that I have personally approved. She eats her lunch at the "peanut safe" table in the cafeteria.
So far, so good! It's not my ideal world, but it seems to be adequate, even though she is contact reactive to peanuts (a trip to the grocery store occasionally results in hives on her arms.)
Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.



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