Letter from School to Parents

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Class size: 13 children Ages: 6-8 Supervision: 2 adults per class Lunchroom accomodations: assigned lunch seats. Epinephrine anaphylaxis kits kept in nurse office, classroom, and lunchroom. Epinephrine kits travel with adult supervision outside of school building. ie: recess, gym.

School and staff are receptive, cooperative, and able to verbalize detailed knowledge of PA and appropriate interventions. Letter was constructed by school staff without parents present but based on input from meeting and their own research. Letter was presented to parents for final approval prior to distribution. Children (prior to introduction of PA student) were required to form a line before and after lunch, and wash hands while monitored by adults.

"Dear Parents, We would like to ask for your cooperation in the classroom in regards to the health of one of our students, XXXX XXXX. Several years ago XXXX's pediatrician confirmed through testing that he has a severe allergy to peanut/nut products. Due to his level of sensitivity (anaphylactic), consumption of peanuts/nuts or their byproducts could result in hospitalization and/or death. We would appreciate your consideration and assistance in not sending birthday treats or party food that may contain these products to school with your children. Though XXXX and his classmates (who were told by Miss XXXX) know that he is allergic to nuts, as 6-8 year old, they do not fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation or possible lethal ramifications of a violation to the classroom "No Food Sharing" rule. As parents yourselves, you understand the concern XXXX and XXXX XXXX have for their son's welfare. Please help us ensure that as safe an environment as possible may be provided for their son here at XXXX XXXX School. If you have any questions about the "No Food Sharing" policy or our lunchroom policy of moving any students with nut products away from XXXX, please contact Miss XXXX. Sincerely in His Service,

Miss XXXX, Mr. XXXX, Mr. and Mrs. XXXX"

On Nov 8, 2002

That's a pretty good letter, BUT, it doesn't address cross-contamination or hygiene, and how very little peanut protein it takes to cause a potential reaction. At least it came from the school, and is more "official" than the letter I drafted that went in each parent's folder at back-to-school night.