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Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 6:40am
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AuntAmanda...you'll love this one...I nominated my school. But you have to print out the letter and give it to the principal, they have to follow through to receive the info....ours wouldn't! I wish FAAN would just mail it to them reguardless....
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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: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 6:45am
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Quote:Originally posted by chanda4:
[b]AuntAmanda...you'll love this one...I nominated my school. But you have to print out the letter and give it to the principal, they have to follow through to receive the info....ours wouldn't! I wish FAAN would just mail it to them reguardless....
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Is there a reason that the principal wouldn't?

Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 7:03am
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No, no valid reason. She just said she would need to check with the district before moving forward...and I never followed up(that was back in Oct). In this situation, it would be best if FAAN would just mail it to them anyways!!
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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: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 6:10am
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Chanda -
Actually, my daughter IS the first child that I know about in our school. Strange, huh. Maybe others will come forward after the letter goes out. An interesting question I have is that we are an inner city school that caters to the foreign language speakers. We have such a mix of city kids, actually Eden is in the white minority. I don't know if cultural background has ANYTHING at all to do with this allergy, but that could explain why there are no others at her school. Also, being in a high poverty school has it's advantages. The families really look out for each others kids and they typically don't have the "entitlement attitude" that the middle/upper class schools do. In other words, they might NOT challenge this at all.
As far as looking out for your own, I agree wholeheartedly. Maybe it was meant to be that it was MY child to spearhead this change (I wish it was nobody's kid). As from a teacher's standpoint, I have been teaching 8 years and NEVER had a peanut allergic child in my classroom (city school, once again????) I keep asking myself how I would respond if it weren't my child. I would like to say that I would feel the same, but inside that is just not true. I can't imagine, however, not wanting the school peanut free. I would never want to accidentally cause ANY harm to anyone (especially my students)and removing peanuts is such a minor inconvenience. Shame on any teachers who are not 100% supportive!!!!
Amy (I don't usually write this much but we are under a blizzard here in Michigan)

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 3:21am
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In response to the mom who had the news involved in segregation issue of the non-pa children.... I wish I would of thought of bringing the media into it when my now 14 year old son was in 1st grade and we had to deal with this same issue!!!!! Only there answer was to segregate HIM not anyone else. So for five years, despite my attempts and letters to parents asking for their child to be peanut free to sit with him, my son was moved to the back of the cafeteria at a table all by himself for lunch. And no one could be forced to wash their hands due to "what if some child is allergic to the contents of the wipes and there is not time to have that many children go to the washroom before going to the playground." We are in a very large school district. May I just say, this has had a very serious and lasting effect on my son with personal issues and to this day denial of the seriousness of the life threatening allergy he will live with for the rest of his life.
I read all your discussions and first I commend all of you for being so informed and involved with what is going on. Our son is about to enter high school, and once again, just like when he started 1st grade, I am scared for him. It is sooo big and so much more non-controlled environment. I do not have a 504 and don't really even know how to go about getting one at this point or if I even can. The 504 mainly just puts responsibility of protection on the school, right? You could have one and still not be followed so it really doesn't give ensurance of safety, just somewhere to put or someone to hold responsible if it doesn't or isn't.
We have been very fortunate!!!! Thanks to God! He had one incident on the playground in grade school and one caused by my stupidity in elem. and none since then. He is an eighth grader now and sits at a table in the front of the cafeteria that is designated for him to be peanut free, but the cafe does not serve pbj anymore but they do have snacks with peanuts in it because peanuts are "healthy". We have found that most jr. high students have outgrown the pbj addiction for lunch, so not as many bring it in either, so he has had multiple children sitting with him and seems to be fine. But he refused to carry around his epi-pens for fear of being seen as different like he was in elementary school. He now has to have two epi-pens as one will not do him any good after his last episode.
Sorry I know I am rambling, but new here and looking for some good advise or someone to talk to who knows what I can or should do here. My son is very athletic and I know could come into contact with it more readily in high school. (Girls too!!!! the whole kissing thing really freaks me out!) Boys eat a quick peanut snack for energy in sports all the time. How can I protect him without him feeling "different". He still has some kids who were in grade school with him that make fun of him, who are in high school.
Thanks for letting me ramble!! Sorry and kuddos to all of you for being so on top of it at such a young age. He is our only with allergies and we are just plain rookies at this.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:10am
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My son is 12 in a few days and allergic to peanuts, milk, soy, beans and peas. My husband and I do not believe in peanut-free schools, and we are not just "parroting the US stance" as someone said...we've come to that through experience.
My son's preschool was "peanut-free" - at their request, not ours. His grade school had "nut-free" classrooms. We found two things:
1) Parents who wanted to comply with the ban did not understand enough *to* comply. Are plain M&Ms "peanut-free"? They are to most parents.
2) There was a small sub-segment of parents who would cheat despite the ban, and send peanut-butter on field trips or to the classroom. My son had a minor reaction on a field trip one time that we think may have been attributed to a child who ate peanut butter and then wrestled afterward with him during a game.
We tell our son that he needs to be responsible for himself, despite the presence of peanuts and milk all around him, and we believe he is actually safer knowing "the snakes are there" than thinking they're not, and then being surprised when they bite him.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:20am
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athletemom...over in the *schools* section of this forum there is lots of info about the 504's...even at high school level. Might be worth your time to read through alot of that before giving up. I am just starting mine, for Kindergarten...but the 504 info in the schools section has been a life saver!!! Good luck!!
briandbrismom....I agree with you here. I am trying to teach my son to be aware of him self...and not depending on bans to do it for him. I think a ban would work against us, I am in the mind-set of they do create false sense of security...for me they would, becuase I am that type of person. Anyways....I agree with you here.
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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)
[This message has been edited by chanda4 (edited February 05, 2007).]

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:23am
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One other comment about why a school would not want to go peanut-free...then they assume liability for enforcing the ban, which is virtually impossible. The same parents who ask for the ban would turn around and sue the school district when it doesn't work.
While I think it's amusing to blame the peanut lobby, I don't think it has a thing to do with the situation in our schools. Plain human selfishness is far more the issue. Can you imagine the outcry if I had pressed for a milk ban at my son's school? Most of you wouldn't support it, and you understand the issues involved. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img](

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:47am
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Had to go POOF
[This message has been edited by NicoleinNH (edited June 10, 2007).]

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:54am
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Another naive question. School aged kids and anaphylaxis triggers... isn't it just peanuts/treenuts & shellfish? Doesn't the milk allergy "calm down" for lack of better words?

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