moving son to another school, Did I do the right thing!

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2003 - 6:21am
patsmommy's picture
Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

hi, my son is 5 1/2 yrs old with a pa. I just found out that the catholic school by me is peanut free, why i did not know this before I have no answer.I am trying to get him in for sept.Did i do the right thing?I think so right, i mean how could i not send him to a peanut free school right? My gfs on the block are acting like i am crazy though. Its very expensive too.

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2003 - 7:03am
maddiesmom's picture
Joined: 12/20/1999 - 09:00

I think that if you are comfortable with this other school and it will give you peace of mind, and keep your son safe...then GO FOR IT! I personally believe that if you feel good when you drop your son off, that is very important. Ignore your neighbors/friends-do what's right for your family!! [img][/img]
Good luck!
Shandra (mom to PA/TNA Madeline-4 1/2 and Grant 1)

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2003 - 7:19am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi Patsmommy: whatever you feel is best for your child is the way to go. I only have one thing to add and that is: are you a practicing Catholic? I only ask because if you send your child to a Catholic school your child will be Catholicized (sp?).
As it happens, my children do attend Catholic school and we love it. I just wanted to point out that the "Catholic" part of it is usually pretty well part of the education and you need to feel comfortable with that aspect. Hope everything works out for you.
**edited to say that in asking whether or not you were Catholic I am not really expecting an answer (really none of my business) just was using that question to clarify my point.
[This message has been edited by kelly01 (edited May 19, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2003 - 9:08pm
patsmommy's picture
Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

hi kelly and shandra, I would fel more at ease( I think) knowing that he is not eating lunch in a lunch room, the school eats in their classrooms, where possibly someone just ate pb sandwich and the person responsible for cleaning the table forgot to do it. I spoke to the school nurse who seemed very understanding and there are 2 other kids in his grade that have a peanut allergy. He wont be peanut boy, thats my fear. Since this "peanut free" is already in place it not his "fault".Does that make sense? They do allow may contains in the school though. My son will still have his special snacks in the school.
We are catholic so I am not worried aboutthe religion part.Although my dh went to catholic school all his life and hated it [img][/img]
I just wanted to know from peanut moms which they felt was better. I dont think he will be protected under section 504 but there is going to be a plan in place for him. Both the school nurse and principal can give the shots.All staff carry walkie talkies. I will go on all trips. I just feel like a "obvious peanut free" school is half the battle.
He is terrified of someone eating pb next to him, btw, so this might be better for him mentally. For me too [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2003 - 9:33pm
StaceyK's picture
Joined: 05/06/2003 - 09:00

I am SO jealous that your Catholic school is peanut-free. We also intend to send our children to Catholic school, but the one near us, while extremely wonderful academically and morally, also serves a peanut butter lunch along with the hot lunch every day! ACK! I have a feeling they might be clueless about PA. Our school is very hard to get in, you have to be in the parish boundaries, and a supporting (tithing) member for several years before your child attends, in order to not be waitlisted. It's ironic that we meet all of these and love the school but may not be able to go if they are not good with PA! ACK!!

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2003 - 11:21pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Congratulations on being so lucky as to have a choice of a PF school! I think you 100% did the right thing and I also think your GF's are sadly ignorant of your situation.

Posted on: Tue, 05/20/2003 - 1:55am
patsmommy's picture
Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

I just hope he gets in. I was pregnant last year and had a hrad time so I never went to church and when I did I neverused the envelopes uhoh.

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 1:01pm
Gadget's picture
Joined: 10/01/2001 - 09:00

We were in this exact situation last year, and we chose to send our son to the local Catholic school due to it being "peanut-free". It has given us great peace of mind to know that his risk of exposure has been minimized. We are not even Catholic (I was raised Catholic, but when I married a Baptist we both agreed to go to an altogether different church). I feel my son is getting an excellent education in as safe an envrionment as possible. I hope you are as pleased with your choice as we are!

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