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Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 3:44am
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So cool!!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
~~~~~****^^^^^^~~~~~!!!!!****~~~~~~~~ (these are "good vibes" that I'm sending your way)
Congratulations,
Gail

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 3:58am
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I'm painting my nails red in your honor.
[i] and my toes [/i]
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 9:46pm
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Phase 1 complete: the parent committee unanimously supported the formation of an allergy committee (after a 3 hour meeting....yawwwwnnnnnn)
Phase 2: Present proposal to school Governing Board on May 6th
Now the bad news...
I was informed at last night's meeting that the "peanut/nut-free policy" clause in the school's agenda will be removed. This apparently had been decided at a Governing Board meeting 2 months ago (Gee guys, thanks for informing the PA parents [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ).
Good ol' liability issues.
I scrambled to compose (literally on the back of a napkin) a brief blurb that would still mark the school as "allergy-aware" yada-yada-yada. I felt strongly that something of the like MUST appear in the agenda. Unfortunately the deadline for agenda revision is next Monday and I'm not sure my last minute pitch will be taken into consideration.
Looks like I'm going to have my work cut out for me.

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 11:27pm
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Is there a school on earth that does not have long drawn out parent committee meetings where people yammer on and on about nothing at all? If so, where is that enlightened place?
What exactly is the School Governing Board, who sits on it, and what is their legal authority to make decisions on school policy?
Are they giving you a run around?
My biggest question is whether or not this idea that there are liability issues behind using words like "peanut-free" is actual legal advice or a fabricated myth that just moves from mouth to mouth. I've never actually heard of a real lawyer recommending this, only groups that advocate against peanut bans.
How will their decision, assuming they have the legal right to make it, affect your formation of the allergy committee?

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 1:48am
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Arachide, way to go. Can your committees first order of business be to attend the next governing board meeting and re-change the change back to peanut free? Keep us posted. If you need examples of other Canadian schools that are PN free let me know, ours is.
Now river, about the parent committee meetings being too long and a waste of time. I felt the same way so I became the president of ours, and now the meetings are only 1 1/2 hours (2 max if we have a special speaker or something). You should try it. I love smacking my hand on the table when someone gets off topic or starts to ramble.

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 4:09am
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"In 1998, the Quebec government passed the

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 5:08am
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cynde, I think we should clone you and make an army of efficient parent committee presidents.
arachide, it sounds like you're on top of things. The reference to the run around was that they didn't tell you or more importantly consult with you on the peanut-free status. So they want to withdraw any reference to allergies at all in their policies?
Anyway, I'm understanding that you have the go ahead for this committee which seems to give you clout within the Quebec system---so best of luck!

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 7:02am
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Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b]Is there a school on earth that does not have long drawn out parent committee meetings where people yammer on and on about nothing at all? If so, where is that enlightened place?
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. [i] one [/i] does come to mind. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
MommaBear

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 7:47am
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( [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] MB )
Just got off the phone with the parent committee chair (she likes smacking her hand too!).
She said that the blurb I wrote WILL be inserted into the agenda because it was read aloud at the meeting and was accepted.
Hmmmm.... healthy pessimist that I am, I`ll wait til Monday and call her again to see if it`s true (the principal is out of town for 3 days -back on Monday).
I should post my quickie passage here but I`m at the college now and my papers are at home. I`ll try to get back here to post it tonight or early tomorrow morning.
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[img]/peanut/boards/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img] [i]"I cannot keep from talking, even at the risk of being instructive."[/i]
Mark Twain

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 9:06am
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Arachide
In case you get tired of putting in that amount of work, and not necessarily getting anywhere (which does not seem the case now)
the symposium info on homeschooling is now available
[url="http://aqed.qc.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=listarticles&secid=4"]here[/url] and [url="http://aqed.qc.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=Downloads&file=index&req=viewdownload&cid=3"]here[/url]
I'm not putting this to rain on your parade, or to discourage you at all. It's coincidental that I got the info this last week, and your post (and mommabear's) just reminded me ..

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