Large school or small school?

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2006 - 12:25am
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Hello again,

Just wondering... do you think a child with severe PA (& multiple food allergies) would be best in a large school where there are many other students with same condition, or do you think a small school with less enrollment is better able to deal with this? Thank you.

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2006 - 12:47am
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That's a question I've been pondering, too. We're currently in a big school where there are quite a few kids with PA. The school nurse understands the issue and makes up good plans for prevention and treatment. There are peanut-free classrooms and a peanut-free lunch table in each cafeteria. But the bus drivers don't really know who the kids are on their overcrowded buses, so even though the bus company has health information on file, I doubt that they really know the situation on each PA kid. And there really aren't many people the kids deal with who know them well, just their classroom teachers.
We're hoping to move to a smaller district (where I grew up) where the kids can really get to know people. I know the bus drivers there really do know who's on their bus, and you can get to know the teachers and administration and cafeteria workers and everything, because there aren't vast numbers of kids. And the school nurse still seems informed and still makes emergency care plans. But there are no peanut-free classrooms and no peanut-free tables. The nurse said they haven't had a need but that they would consider the needs of a child coming into the district.
So it scares me a little, having to pave the way instead of having the way already in place when we got there.

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2006 - 2:38am
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My ds goes to a small charter school and they've never heard of nor dealt with anyone with severe food allergies. Suffice it to say it has been a battle and I fear it will be one all year long.

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2006 - 11:39am
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We chose a small school (grade K - 6) 270 kids. Out of the 270 kids, there are 8 FA students. EVERY teacher and staff member knows who they are, or will by the second month of school, including my dd.
I also work ptime in the school and I too know every FA child. If I happen to see one without his/her epi pen, I call them on it.
It's not even just the FA. The kids are watched by all staff.
Classmates know who the FA kids are too. Every pair of eyes helps.

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2006 - 12:47am
bethc's picture
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Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

That's a question I've been pondering, too. We're currently in a big school where there are quite a few kids with PA. The school nurse understands the issue and makes up good plans for prevention and treatment. There are peanut-free classrooms and a peanut-free lunch table in each cafeteria. But the bus drivers don't really know who the kids are on their overcrowded buses, so even though the bus company has health information on file, I doubt that they really know the situation on each PA kid. And there really aren't many people the kids deal with who know them well, just their classroom teachers.
We're hoping to move to a smaller district (where I grew up) where the kids can really get to know people. I know the bus drivers there really do know who's on their bus, and you can get to know the teachers and administration and cafeteria workers and everything, because there aren't vast numbers of kids. And the school nurse still seems informed and still makes emergency care plans. But there are no peanut-free classrooms and no peanut-free tables. The nurse said they haven't had a need but that they would consider the needs of a child coming into the district.
So it scares me a little, having to pave the way instead of having the way already in place when we got there.

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2006 - 2:38am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My ds goes to a small charter school and they've never heard of nor dealt with anyone with severe food allergies. Suffice it to say it has been a battle and I fear it will be one all year long.

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2006 - 11:39am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We chose a small school (grade K - 6) 270 kids. Out of the 270 kids, there are 8 FA students. EVERY teacher and staff member knows who they are, or will by the second month of school, including my dd.
I also work ptime in the school and I too know every FA child. If I happen to see one without his/her epi pen, I call them on it.
It's not even just the FA. The kids are watched by all staff.
Classmates know who the FA kids are too. Every pair of eyes helps.

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