Middle School Dilemma

Posted on: Mon, 10/15/2001 - 11:20pm
aztec765's picture
Joined: 10/16/2001 - 09:00

My son will be entering middle school next September. At the 504 meeting this year, it was suggested that I meet with the principal of the middle school early on so that he can begin to address some of the issues he will face when my son arrives there. I met with him yesterday and although he was very nice, he immediately got his back up when he realized that in the elementary school children who eat peanut products clean their hands - after lunch, snack and parties. He said that he couldn't imagine having 900 students doing this, that it was impossible. He said that he would investigate further and that if he had to implement this he would, but it sounded to me that he would try to find any reason or loop hole to avoid it. As my son's level of allergy hasn't changed, this would be (in my view anyway) very dangerous. I am curious to know how other middle schools deal with peanut allergic children.

Posted on: Tue, 10/16/2001 - 10:49pm
Rhonda RS's picture
Joined: 02/24/2001 - 09:00

Are you still in the same school district? Approximately how many kids are in the elementary school? Who pays for the wipes? The fact that they do it in the elementary school already is a great idea, and is to your advantage since you have already set a precedence. I don

Posted on: Sun, 05/12/2002 - 12:59pm
triciaGA's picture
Joined: 05/12/2002 - 09:00

My twins are starting middle school this Fall. I just met with the Principal and her staff and she told me that pb cookies are baked often in the cafeteria as well as in Home Ec and that the smell wafts throughout the building. I am unsure if my kids are inhalation sensitive - how would I find out without causing an allergic reaction? Any info appreciated.

Posted on: Mon, 05/13/2002 - 11:39am
aztec765's picture
Joined: 10/16/2001 - 09:00

They are only willing to put wipes in the classrooms that my son will be going to after his lunch period. So all the kids on other lunch periods who have eaten peanuts will not be required to clean their hands. That worries me because they will be touching the computer keyboards etc. that he will touch later in the day or the next day. They keep talking about how he has to take more responsibility for himself. He takes plenty of responsibility for himself but he can't protect himself over things he can't see...like peanut protein deposited on keyboards. Their solution was putting latex gloves in the computer room which he was supposed to put on so he could clean his keyboard before he used it. My son said that he would not do that because everyone would make fun of him. So at this point nobody will be cleaning the keyboard. it is just aggravating how they are willing to take necessary precautions in elementary school but the minute they get to middle school, they act like the kid was suddenly cured.

Posted on: Tue, 05/14/2002 - 12:57am
B G L's picture
Joined: 06/03/2001 - 09:00

Hi Aztec,
Our son is just finishing with his middle school years. He is also has touch and inhaled reactive.
Our plan was to stay within his rooms/area side of the building.
PE before lunch. PE and the lunch area are the same room.
No peanut products in the school cafiteria.
Handi wipes in every classroom.
David carries his epi with him.
The nurse has one easily availble to all staff in the office.
Teachers are trained to use the epi.
Note goes home to all parents at the begining and before and after each break about his pa allergy.
Safe place to eat is in a classroom with friends who agree not to have pa products.
He also could have had his own keyboard at the computer station. This was the plan. David told us that all the kids knew where he sat and reminded each other to wash their hands before they sat there. He had mild reactions and did have to go home with rashes, but we don't know if the keyboard was the link.
All activities are No Peanuts. After holidays such as Halloween, Valentines, or Easter David will not be at school because many students forget and bring pa foods.
We had meetings on a regular basis to update and to refresh the minds and hearts or the Staff at his school. He has had reactions. But, because everyone was aware of his allergy most of them were not severe.
I hope this helps. If you would like to Email me I'm sure that the nurse and staff at our school would be willing to answer some of your concerns.
I know this seems overwhelming. Your family can make it and rejoice that you all did!
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Posted on: Thu, 05/16/2002 - 2:00pm
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

If the principal decides that he is not going to make much of an effort, I think you should go to the school nurse, who should be able to convince the principal of the importance of taking the necessary precautions to prevent a reaction. If that doesn`t work, I have found a letter from my daughter`s allergist to be VERY effective. Then at least if they don`t do it out of compassion (as they should), at least they will do it from a liability standpoint. If a letter from your son`s doctor says certain things are necessary and the school does not do it and he has a reaction, it is a HUGE liability for the school. I had a particular problem in preschool, and was shocked at how I talked over and over about a particular problem and it was like talking to the walls, then one letter from the allergist to the preschool and they had a whole different attitude.

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