Middle school after homeschooling

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 9:36am
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Hello. I am new to posting. However I soak up as much information as I can. Thanks. I have homeschooled my now almost 13 year old until this year. His peanut allergy has always been severe now after being around it in the cafeteria and classrooms he has gotten worse. He is now smell sensitive. Creating asthma symtoms. He seems to always have sneezing,runny/stuffy nose {with singular and nasal cort and 3 1/2years of allergy shots. I need advice with dealing with principal. He has all of the drs statements ; just had meeting yesterday with him and all teachers plus a rent a nurse. He has agreeded to quit cooking the peanut butter bars that was releasing fumes into all of sons classes. Other than that it was put on my son's responsibility. The nurse stated that all this exposure will be a desensitation progress and actually help him. Today he could'nt attend science because 7th graders used science lab as a raw peanut experiment yesterday. Nuts were still everywhere today. His science teacher is great. She sent him to another class. How can I get this man's attention and understand that a 12 year old can only help himself so much in this kind of enviroment. I have picked him up twice since the 14th with facial and neck hives. He believes this is preparing him for the future. Workplace, college. Please help and forgive me for ranting.

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 9:58am
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Are you kidding? Have you mentioned a 504 plan to the school? ( if you are in the USA) He should not be left out of anything. It IS THERE responsibility to keep your child safe at school. I would talk to your allegist. I believe the NURSE is wrong. Peanut allergies don't work like most other allergies " desensitizing" him. It is putting him at risk everytime they do that. I am very lucky that i have a very pro active principle and school where my son goes...
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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 10:54am
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The nurse is wrong. The more exposures your son experiences the worse his allergy can become, possibly leading to life threatening anaphylaxis...I would definitely correct her on this point -- nut allergies are very, serious.
Can I ask why you chose to stop homeschooling?
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mom to Ari(6) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (9), mild excema

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 11:06am
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Quote:Originally posted by Mrsdocrse:
[b]Are you kidding? Have you mentioned a 504 plan to the school? ( if you are in the USA) He should not be left out of anything. It IS THERE responsibility to keep your child safe at school. I would talk to your allegist. I believe the NURSE is wrong. Peanut allergies don't work like most other allergies " desensitizing" him. It is putting him at risk everytime they do that. I am very lucky that i have a very pro active principle and school where my son goes...
Therese
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I am in the Us. Ga to be exact. I have mentioned the 504 plan but he says that is for their physically and mentally handicapped. At least two teachers have allowed students to sell candy for fundraisers and snickers and reeces are being eaten all around him. They then exchange papers to grade...split up into teams to do work. I am so scared that even I may overlook a possible reaction since he is having so many frequent symptoms. Yesterday,which was the day of the peanut experiment he actually had flushing face as well as hives. But of course I was told they didn't have anything in cafeteria with peanuts today. the lab project wasn't known about by his 8th grade teachers. He complains with sore throat, stomach aches and we are using albuter inhaler as needed for the congested cough. I believe the nurse was wrong too. Other wise we would all be recieving this info from our allergist and not strict avoidance. They don't even have a school nurse now. No budget for one. That would cost 45,000 a year. Any advice is appreciated. I am so ready to loose my patience with only 15 weeks to go. Thanks

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 11:14am
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Quote:Originally posted by that'smetrying:
[b]The nurse is wrong. The more exposures your son experiences the worse his allergy can become, possibly leading to life threatening anaphylaxis...I would definitely correct her on this point -- nut allergies are very, serious.
Can I ask why you chose to stop homeschooling?
[/b] He is excelling so well and I want the best education for him.. I only have a high school diploma 20 years ago and there is currently only a GED for graduates in our state that privately homeschool. No scholarships,, Plus he really wants to be normal.. I only want him to be alive at this point to talk about college in 4 years.Homeschool is the way to go if you can. But Have I made his allergy worse by keeping him away from peanuts all these years? Thanks for replying

Posted on: Wed, 02/28/2007 - 12:16am
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Please don't think that it is something that you or your family have done which had made your son so sensitive! My daughter has the same type of sensitivity...
there is NO way I would keep sending [i]her[/i] into that sort of environment. She, like your son, would be symptomatic every single day.
Does your son's physician know how difficult his asthma is to control now? Does he know why? What does he think should be done?
The school is just plain WRONG, by the way. The documentation about section 504 specifically mentions certain "hidden disabilities" such as diabetes and life threatening food allergies. AAFA also mentions this point specifically. That the nurse evidently believes herself qualified to supervise "immunotherapy" for peanuts I find horrifying on the one hand.... and just plain laughable on the other. Few DOCTORS in the world will tackle that-- even under the tightly controlled conditions of a research study.
Ask for an "Eligibility meeting" immediately. Be sure to bring all the documentation you need from your physician. Check out the "schools" forum here for some great ideas for how to handle this meeting. If you are turned down for the meeting itself, demand that they do it in writing, and then call your regional Office of Civil Rights.
What they are doing to your son is wrong.
One thought for you-- have you considered distance learning? My daughter does not "attend" school, but we also realized that homeschooling had certain inherent disadvantages for college-track kids... so we joined a public charter school-- a cybercharter. It eliminates many of the problems you are having (which we could see we [i]would[/i] have) and she still has a transcript. But we also still have a 504 plan.
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