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Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 4:57am
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Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 5:37am
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Hello all. I am sorry about not filling out the previous message correctly.
Anyway I am confronted with a meeting about making our private religious school Peanut Free.Our school is totally private and I am not sure 504 applies.
I must admit that my initial reaction was why go to the extreme of banning peanut type foods. After reviewing this sight and educating myself I understand that the "extreme", the potential death of a child outweighs any inconvenience. I would be an unstoppable advocate if my child had PA!
My problems are 3 fold:
1)This is a private religous school that people "chooose" to attend. This School already only allows dairy type (no meat products of any kind) lunches and PB&J is a protien staple for most pre-schoolers who won't eat tuna, tofu or other dairy options. How do I handle the argument that the PA child has other options and why should our school change?
2. The School is part of a larger institution that holds a variety of catered functions that are not Peanut Type Food Free. How do you truely create a Peanut type food free environment in such a setting?
3. Understanding that a childs life is a precious gift and anything that can be done to protect it should be done; We unfortunately live in a very litigation oriented society and the stark reality is that stating you have a Peanut type food free environment will give rise to a lawsuit if a Peanut Type food comes into the enviroment and harms a child. Can anyone refer me to reasources that deal with the legal/liability issue. It will surely come up at the Board meeting.
Thank you,
Alex

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 5:44am
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Hello all. I am sorry about not filling out the previous message correctly.
Anyway I am confronted with a meeting about making our private religious school Peanut Free.Our school is totally private and I am not sure 504 applies.
I must admit that my initial reaction was why go to the extreme of banning peanut type foods. After reviewing this sight and educating myself I understand that the "extreme", the potential death of a child outweighs any inconvenience. I would be an unstoppable advocate if my child had PA!
My problems are 3 fold:
1)This is a private religous school that people "chooose" to attend. This School already only allows dairy type (no meat products of any kind) lunches and PB&J is a protien staple for most pre-schoolers who won't eat tuna, tofu or other dairy options. How do I handle the argument that the PA child has other options and why should our school change?
2. The School is part of a larger institution that holds a variety of catered functions that are not Peanut Type Food Free. How do you truely create a Peanut type food free environment in such a setting?
3. Understanding that a childs life is a precious gift and anything that can be done to protect it should be done; We unfortunately live in a very litigation oriented society and the stark reality is that stating you have a Peanut type food free environment will give rise to a lawsuit if a Peanut Type food comes into the enviroment and harms a child. Can anyone refer me to reasources that deal with the legal/liability issue. It will surely come up at the Board meeting.
Thank you,
Alex

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 7:59am
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Hi Alex,
When my son was in a Temple pre-school program, the director approached myself and another parent of a PA child and informed us that the Board of Directors wanted the school to be peanut free. They were concerned about liability (there were 3 identified PA kids there, plus 2 unidentified), and the teachers were nervous about so much pb being in the classrooms (the kids ate in their rooms). We were initially thrilled, but soon realized that other parents would not share our enthusiasm, to say the least. We took a proactive approach, by creating a newsletter that was mailed along with the notification about the school going peanut free. The newsletter included sections on educating about food allergy, making sure parents understood "what was in it for them", and alternative meal suggestions. BTW, their lunches were also dairy only so it did limit their choices. The PTA sponsored a pizza lunch once a week, and I organized a hot pasta luch once a week so parents only had 3 days of lunches to worry about.
If you are interested in a copy of our newsletter, please email me and I will try to dig one up (it has been a few years!). As for making it a truly peanut free environment, I guess nothing is 100%, but it is a whole lot better than a bunch of three and four year olds smearing the stuff all over the place!
Best of luck,
Amy

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