Letter to parents

Posted on: Mon, 07/25/2005 - 1:00pm
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My DD is starting pre-school next month. Our school, which I otherwise love (our 6 year old twins have been there 2 years), has been less than enthusiastic about allergy precautions. We have our first meeting with the school staff the day before it starts. I'm sure I'll have lots to post in the school section very soon. I am going to send a letter to the parents in the class. I am not going to ask permission from the principle first (better to ask forgiveness, eh?), and am trying for a "this is serious, but not impossible" tone. How does this sound to you?

Hello Pre-K 3 parents,

We are writing to introduce you to our daughter Rose, who will be starting Pre-K 3 this year at ____. She is a lively, outgoing little girl with a severe and life threatening peanut allergy. We would like to ask you to help keep her safe. ____ School does not have a food allergy policy, so we are asking for you to do this voluntarily.

Rose will react both to eating contaminated foods, and by touching foods that contain peanuts or tree nuts. Because peanuts, and tree nuts (which we have also been told to avoid by her pediatric allergist), are found in a variety of expected and very unexpected foods, we will be responsible for providing her snacks and lunches for the year. Our concern is regarding the snacks her classmates will be bringing. As we all know, three year olds are not very neat eaters. We are asking that you consider alternatives to foods that contain peanut butter, peanuts, tree nuts, etc, for snack time in their class room. We are worried that snack foods will find their way onto fingers and clothes, and then to tables, toys, etc. Because her allergy is so severe, it would only take a small smudge of peanut butter, peanut dust, etc, to touch her skin to cause a reaction.

We are not asking you to eliminate all peanut products at school, and are not asking you to change any of your child

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