My written proposal: Formation of a school allergy committee - feedback welcome

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 6:27am
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I have a meeting with school parent representatives tomorrow night where I've been asked to present my proposal regarding the creation of a school allergy committee.

I plan on making the same presentation to the school governing board in May, but wanted to get impressions from the parents first. So far everyone I've spoken to has been very supportive of the idea.

Here's my proposal outline. Let me know what you think.

(thanks to all of you who'll no doubt recognize some of your statements woven into my text --I also used statements from articles on the Calgary Allergy network site)

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Date: April 7, 2003
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Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 7:35am
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Sounds good, but I'd add a comment somewhere as to why such allergies must be managed. Some people think allergies to peanuts is no worse than hay fever.

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 8:42am
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Good Luck!

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 9:53am
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Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 10:07am
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Thanks guys.
As you can see, I wrote the proposal to heavily reflect the "educational" aspects of having such a committee in place.
cleo, this outline is merely the handout I'll be giving everyone in attendence. I'll be giving a presentation at the same time where I'll certainly be discussing the life-threatening severity of certain allergies amongst other things.

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 12:29pm
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Arachide:
I am really impressed! I especially liked the fact that you really seemed to point out that the committee is being designed to assist EVERYONE (ie: teachers, staff, etc) not just the families that have the allergies.
I am thinking this will be really well received. Please keep us updated on your progress.
Regards,
Kelly
Hmmm...you have my wheels turning regarding my own sons school!!
**Edited to correct my (ugh!) spelling!
[This message has been edited by kelly01 (edited April 06, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 12:58pm
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Arachide, that sounds great. Let us know how your presentation goes and is received. I'm sure you will be flattered to hear that I'm hoping to steal your idea. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 11:50pm
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Update:
I'm meeting one-on-one with the principal at lunchtime today to review my proposal with him before tonight's presentation.
For those of you familiar with my problems concerning the principal, I set-up the meeting in an effort, once again, to foster some kind of cooperative communication between us.
Stay tuned.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 1:26am
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Bravo! How can they not welcome this!
One thought... will there be a permanent committee member that is school staff? Someone other than the principal, that is, who can act as a liason. For example, the school nurse or the school counselor (if they exist). If the principal is willing to "recommend" a staff person, it might help you establish a supporter within the school and give your committee some "legitimacy" from above. Know what I mean? And I wouldn't think one staff person could overpower your goals/agenda, but more likely report back the group voice to the principal.
Just a thought that might appeal to you (and your principal)...
Best of luck, arachide. I admire your work.
Gail

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Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
[b] If the principal is willing to "recommend" a staff person, it might help you establish a supporter within the school and give your committee some "legitimacy" from above. Know what I mean? And I wouldn't think one staff person could overpower your goals/agenda, but more likely report back the group voice to the principal.
Gail[/b]
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Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 3:38am
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You know, 48 hours ago, all this was an idea in my head...
Well, the principal liked the proposal and supports forming an allergy committee...
(let me write that again since I'm still reeling [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] )
Well, the principal liked the proposal and supports forming an allergy committee...
He foresaw no problems/obstacles in setting it up and commented that he was in great favour of parent-led cooperative efforts (!!!). He will be at the presentation tonight and says he will back this.
(as an aside: I wanted to ask where he'd stashed his evil twin, but I thought better of it)
I did indeed contact our district school nurse about this. She called me this morning saying she supports this proposal as well. She also said she would be pleased to assist the allergy committee as an advisor. She mentioned attending meetings when her schedule permitted. The kind soul even gave me her email address so that I may forward her any documents.
Today has been a very good day...
(meeting's at 7pm --send good vibes everyone)
"Whew..."
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