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Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 9:43am
Gwen 5's picture
Joined: 01/24/2003 - 09:00

I went to dd 1st grade class today as I knew it was a chid's birthday and I wanted to check in. Teacher told me that family was bringing in Playdo and that was it. Well sure enough the Dad bops in with homeade brownies- they have a sticker on them that say's "No Nuts".

The teacher knows that our 504 states " No home baked goods".

I find this so awkward- if the kids eat the treat outside and then wash hands- is it the same as if they brought it in their lunch?
Or is it that so many kids will be having this that the risk is higher?

Sometimes I have a hard time "believing" in my dd 504 plan even though I fought so hard to get it the way I wanted it. Most defintiley to include " all items brought in to share must have an ingedient declarartion from the manufacturer"

Does anyone understand what I am grappling with?

I did speak to the teacher, again and also e-mailed the principal so that it doesn't happen again! The teacher is a little passive and felt bad about firmly saying no!

Any thoughts?

Posted on: Fri, 12/03/2004 - 3:42am
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

I understand what you are grappling with. It really should not be YOUR responsibility to make the teacher follow through. That puts you in the position of parent vs. parent.
That is what gets me. People agree to rules but then never enforce them. I see that so often where small kids are concerned (schools, lessons, etc.) Not just about peanut allergies but in general.
Honestly, for some reason, what you described makes me particularly peeved. The parents agreed to PlayDo and that was it, then thought, WHO CARES, we'll just do what we want!
It was nice to put a "No nuts" sticker on them, they were probably thinking that they were doing the right thing, but people just don't get we can't trust that at all. What about may contains? What about cross contamination?
I am rambling because I am not sure why I am so pissy about this scenario. I think I'm getting really intolerant of stubborn ignorance. I am getting crankier in my old age and it's so hard for me to suffer people who just CAN'T GET THIS THROUGH THEIR HEADS. It's really not hard, is it? Peanut = death. Peanut residue = death. No snacks = no snacks, even with a cute sticker on it.

Posted on: Fri, 12/03/2004 - 4:06am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

Feel bad about saying no? What? Sorry, that is not acceptable. (Side note...a passive teacher that can't say no? Good golly, do her students completly steamroll over here? Good thing that she isn't teaching Jr High or HS. She would get eaten alive).
Clearly she should have told the father, sorry but we can't accept these due to offical policies of the school. What did she do with brownies? Trash them?
A note needs to be sent home to the parents reminding them that no home baked goods are allowed (especially since the holidays are here) and perhaps a phone call directly to the father from the princpal gently reminding him that the brownies will be returned to him.
I don't fault the parent here at all. The communication from the teacher and princpal to the parent(s) is not clear.

Posted on: Fri, 12/03/2004 - 5:10am
synthia's picture
Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

[b]The communication from the teacher and princpal to the parent(s) is not clear. [/b]
This is very important in keeping a allergic child safe.
I think they ment well ,but does not understand how sever it is,(did that make sence?)
Love this site

Posted on: Sat, 12/04/2004 - 7:38am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Even though the teacher may be "passive", I'm sure she has it in her to say, "Thank you so much, and I'm sure the children will enjoy them. Please take them to the office, and we will pick them up and serve them at lunch time in the cafeteria." Or something to that effect. I can't imagine a teacher not being able to be forceful enough to implement a 504, but I know that there are.
This way, if she doesn't want to reiterate that the classroom is peanut free (and possibly make the parent mad or feel bad), she doesn't have to. It takes the pressure off her in phrasing it this way.

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