Naive question re: schools and peanutfree issue

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 10:55am
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Why would a public school not want to be nutfree?

I read a few things here and there on this board that the peanut lobby is strong. Really? If so how does that affect public schools?

I don't think our public schools are peanut free. My son is still young and not yet in school. He is in preschool and they are peanutfree and changing to that was a none issue. The owner is very understanding.

However, I wonder what awaits us down the road.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:02am
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none issue... that would be nonissue if that is even a word. I am useless without an edit feature.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:04am
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they are NOT peanut-free(at least where we are)....mostly(I assume) because of the *rights* of those who want to eat peanuts....I hear that way more then I care to.
In the school section of this site, they talk alot oabout a 504..I am doing this at the moment, just to get his room nut-free....but I've been warned I will have a fight on my hands to do so.
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:09am
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Thanks! I didn't see the school section. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:17am
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KateDe...also I wanted to share. We recently got our school to make the kids that bring cold lunch or eat the pb&j's the school serves, to have them all sit at one table and wash their hands after lunch....youu should have seen the uproar and outraged parents that caused! The upset parents even called the local news to say it was segregation....it was rediculous! So I imagine, if they actually *tried* to make the school nut-free...it would be absolutly a fight.
Plus, if you ban one food, like nuts...what abotu those allergic to milk....it becomes an endless cycle(and we have multiple foods, but I can understand how banning everythign isn't the answer). HUGS
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 12:12pm
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Basically because it creates conflict with the parents that scream their kids "only" eat PB&J and have the 'right' to eat whatever they want etc. There have been full blown wars in school districts that have gone peanut/nut free.
If I were an administrator, I'd want to do the SAFEST thing and reduce risk in my school. Many schools have banned peanuts/nuts with success (some in the US, many in Canada, and many preschools everywhere). But unfortunately, FAAN is not helping by making statements that "a peanut ban results in a false sense of security".

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 12:41pm
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Obviously all of us here have a personal connection to peanut allergies, and obviously it's a big deal to all of us. Many people on this board also have many other food allergies. I'd be interested to hear what they have to say about peanut bans. I know a couple of people whose children have multiple food allergies. They both feel that they'd like to remove as many allergens as possible from their child's environment, but they don't view peanuts as any riskier to their children than anything else to which their kids are anaphylactic.
Also, I remember what one person told me whose child is allergic to a lot of foods (I think it's around 22!). Peanut butter is one of the few foods that he can bring to school. If his school had a peanut ban, it would be really hard for him.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 12:54pm
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"Basically because it creates conflict with the parents that scream their kids "only" eat PB&J and have the 'right' to eat whatever they want etc"
That's what I don't understand. I try to get into a person like that's mindset and I can't. Again... I'm naive. But I would never feel comfortable knowing that my child were bringing something to school that could possibly harm another child.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 2:19pm
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Quote:That's what I don't understand. I try to get into a person like that's mindset and I can't. Again... I'm naive. But I would never feel comfortable knowing that my child were bringing something to school that could possibly harm another child. [/B]
I'm totally with you, but where do we draw the line? If there are students in a school who are anaphylactic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, sesame, and who knows what else, we can't ban all of those things. (I'm not saying one person is allergic to all of those things, but I'm saying the total list of allergens for everyone in the school).

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 3:29pm
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Quote:Originally posted by KateDe:
[b]none issue... that would be nonissue if that is even a word. I am useless without an edit feature. [/b]
You can edit your own posts by clicking on the little pencil and paper icon above the text.
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