My child was given a peanut butter and jelly sandich today at school no other choice

Posted on: Wed, 09/15/2004 - 2:10pm
Childrenalllergic2peanuts's picture
Joined: 09/16/2004 - 09:00

Hi there,
The lunch menu said he would have a cheeseburger. Due to testing being done in the cafeteria, the children were given peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead. My youngest son was given ham and cheese as an alternative meal. My older son with peanuter allergies too was not given a choice. The lunchroom lady gave it to him and told him not to eat it then. He told his teacher of his allergy and her reply was that I should send him a lunch then. Let me remind you that the menu said cheeseburgers today. Worst yet, the teacher had my son write in his agenda book that there would be peanut butter and jelly tomorrow and Friday. My son was very hungry after school today. So hungry at school, he tried to eat around the peanunt butter and just eat the bread. I am so thankful he was not so starved that he ate it out of hunger.

Posted on: Wed, 09/15/2004 - 3:29pm
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Wow! That must have been very frightening.
It sounds like this school needs a lot more education regarding the severity of allergies and if your school nurse can't help you out then you will need to make sure they understand yourself. I strongly recommend the Spokane School District website for examples of how to come up with a plan for those with severe food allergies - a student in their charge with known peanut allergies died after eating part of a school lunch provided at a field trip.
A back up plan is always a good idea for what your children should do if the school lunch turns out not to be safe. Approach the school with an attitude that it will take you and them together as a team to keep your children safe.

Posted on: Wed, 09/15/2004 - 11:46pm
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

I'm kinda speechless.
I suppose I could have a dream like this (read: nightmare)... But to have this happen to me...?
I do not think I could get my jaw off the floor.... ever.

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 12:13am
jami's picture
Joined: 09/02/2004 - 09:00

I can not begin to exlain how irrate I would be at the school. I'm not sure how I would respond.
What guidlines, emregancy procedures, 504 or paperwork are in place for your children?
My children are still young and preschool is as far as my personal knowledge reaches.
I'm sure that there are many on this board that can point you in the right direction.
Good luck and please keep us posted on the school administration reactions. So we can all learn.

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 2:29am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I think you need to gather up your strength and find out what were they thinking?

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 4:04am
b and c's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Does your school know of your son's allergy?
Do you have a clear set of guidelines for the school to follow?
The school can not be held responsible if they are not aware of how serious the allergy is.
Have you placed Epi-Pens in the school and with the school Nurse?
If none of these things have been done, you must do them right now, or you may be risking the life of your son.
Having asked all these questions, if you have done these things already, you must go straight to the Principal and or Superintendent. Don't go in mad. Just explain what happened, and how that makes you feel, and than help them figure out how to keep it from happening again.
We all really feel for you. Please keep us informed as to how you resolve this issue.

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 6:14am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I am not in your shoes, but all I can think of is "attempted murder"..
That should wake them up...
who often acts like a mommabear.

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 1:47pm
AlwaysAvoidAnaphylaxis's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

time for a meeting with the head of the school, the teacher and the head of the cafeteria........present some data to them and ask them what they recommend.......

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 9:17pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My perspective on this is that of b and c's.
It's hard to comment not knowing if your child has a school plan or not. These things shouldn't happen, but I know, at least in our school, Ryan's allergy is taken VERY seriously because of the 504. I can't say all are treated that way because I presume the assumption is the others are not as allergic as Ryan and none of the them have a 504.
In the absence of a plan, these things will happen much more often because of lack of information/communication.
No, this shouldn't have happened. But it is hard to comment now knowing the circumstances of your situation.

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 9:59pm
kkeene's picture
Joined: 10/20/2003 - 09:00

I think it is time for you to have a meeting with the head of the school too. & if they blow you off talk to your local news I am sure that will get their attention......

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 11:51pm
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

I too am shocked by your school's attitude. I was surprised that your son does not bring his own lunch, however. My son would love to purchase the cafeteria lunch at times but I cannot trust that nuts or peanut products have not been in contact with utensils, plates, surfaces, etc. Since I am not there to ask daily or read all the labels, purchasing anything in the cafeteria is off limits.


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