need help writing a letter for son\'s class

Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2008 - 10:41pm
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Hello all,

My son is just about to start public school after being homeschooled for a long time. He has a severe pa as well as tna.

The school is not peanut free. The teacher said her class would be peanut free, but , I was told because of privacy laws the school is unable to tell any of the parents of the kids in the class, not to bring in nut containing food. I was told I could write the letter and they would hand it out to the parents.

So, has anyone here ever written this type of letter? I am not sure how to word it. One of the things I am concerned about is children who eat something peanut related before school, as my son is contact sensitive and has had these types of reactions on many different occasions... Obviously you can't tell people what to eat in their own home...do you ask if they can make sure their kids wash their hands before school???

If anyone has any advice, please let me know. I really want to try to keep my letter friendly yet informative.

Thanks!!

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 5:21am
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the letter ideally IMO would come from the principal saying that nut and peanut products are not allowed in the classroom. If someone here doesn't post a letter there might be sample letters at [url="http://www.foodallergy.org"]http://www.foodallergy.org[/url] and the school forum at this site [url="http://allergy."]http://allergy.[/url][censored].com/ and at [url="http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org"]http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org[/url]
The teacher isn't right. Privacy laws have nothing to do with sending a letter home asking people not to send in nut and peanut containing food. they just can say, "we have a child in the class who has a life-threatening food allergy to nuts and peanuts" rather than identifying your particular child's name. If *you* choose to send a letter *you* may put your child's name in the letter.
Good luck!

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 9:33am
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We have sample letters we used with our son's school on his peanut allergy treament study blog site. This link takes you to the [url="http://askaboutmypeanutallergy.typepad.com/weblog/sample-letters-about-food.html"]letters page[/url].

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 12:30am
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I write a letter every year to send home with my daughter's entire grade level. I keep it upbeat and friendly and always say thank you for their assistance and thoughtfulness.
I begin by explaining that her allergy is severe and life-threatening, and that she will react even by touching something that has been touched by someone with peanut residue on their hands.
My next key points include:
-Brief explanation of the peanut free table,
-Ask them to please avoid any peanut products when sending classroom treats to school,
-Ask them to remind their child to please wash their hands after having peanut products at school or before coming to school.
I try to keep it simple and make sure it fits on one page. I always thank them again, and I include my phone number for any questions.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 10:20pm
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I second mpeters post. My daughter is in 3rd grade and we have sent out a letter to all of the parents each year. Some parents still send PB&J for lunch and some still bring in inappropriate snacks. These parents probably don't read anything that comes home with their children anyway. You do the best you can. I put my email address and phone number on it so that the parents can call with any questions. I have been contacted a couple of times over the years by interested parents. Enlist your teacher to help you.

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