Opting out of Home Ec.?

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 10:34am
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Has anyone ever opted out of Home Ec because of FA?

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 10:39am
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I am a ways from Home Ec....but I would have to insist my kids NOT take it because of FA. I think shop would be a much better match! Are you thinking about it, or having problems getting it done(for your kid)?? I wouldn't risk it, personally....good luck!!
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Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 11:00am
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Hi, chanda!
We're looking at 5th grade, which means Home Ec. We will be meeting with the school in May to discuss everything and set things up. I don't foresee any problems working with the school, but Home Ec will most likely be the biggest hurdle.
Just wondered if anyone has worked around it, through it, or just plain opted out of it?

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 11:03am
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See Re-raised post on Food Technology

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 11:30am
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We are dealing with peanut and tree nut allergies for my 7th grader. She has had Home Ec. (they call it FCS - Family Consumer Science and get in trouble if they say Home EC.!) this year and last. Before starting middle school, I met with the teacher and principal and they took away all nut and peanut products and all may contains for all grades. DD checks all labels. This is all part of the 504. We have had no problems. Being in middle school, she would not have been comfortable with opting out (what if someone notices???)

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 11:52am
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Dd is in 6th and so far there has been no home ec class. It never crossed my mind that they would still require that.

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 12:12pm
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Carolyn M.,
Ours is actually called Family and Consumer Sciences, also, but Home Ec was shorter to type! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
The school could very well offer to make the school PN/nut free, but we won't ask for that. Just our decision for now.
As for any stigma attached to opting out, I'm pretty sure our son would rather opt out than be the reason for Home Ec being revamped and everybody missing out on something they like. ("It's all YOUR fault...")

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 9:10pm
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We might choose to opt out of the food part, but everything else should be fine. It really depends.
It's not like he could eat anything anyway, even if they were so careful with the peanut issue. All those trays, baking sheets, utensils, were used to make nut and/or peanut-containing products in previous years so it would be no way for us. I don't care how well they are washed. It's hard to remove those microscopic oil-based traces of whatever.

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 11:54pm
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Last year, FACS was part of the 6th grade curriculum for half of one quarter (8 weeks). DD loved it. Really loved it. I think she felt empowered working with all that food. It was an amazing experience for her, and in our circumstances, had we opted her out I think it would have created a different set of 'issues' for her.
We had to make some significant changes, revamping for sure, but since 6th grade is the first year at Middle School, they (the kids) didn't know any differently. So no blame/stigma. I understand that concern though. It was a big part of our consideration too. We considered opting out, but since it was part of the curriculum we pushed forward. For us, I'm glad we did.
As for safety. . . our district knew they must do whatever it would take to our satisfation. We already fought that battle, so they completely revamped. Voluntarily, and erring on caution. They addressed it all, and then some. We considered it far safer than eating in a resturant.
For our daughter, it was a powerful experience to prepare foods, delicious and safe foods, next to her peers. Something deep. I don't want to sound dramatic, but the experience was [i]profound. [/i]
I think it had a big impact for the school to have had this experience too. In soooo many ways. On a personal level. I'll venture to say that there was a sense of empowerment for staff . . . and even an impact on the overall culture of the school buildling. That the 'issue' of food allergies (a.k.a. 'problem') can be safely addressed. Even at this detailed level of preparing foods in a kitchen.
There is much to be gained here. And impacts to consider related to 'opting out' can be profound as well. I think it's more complicated than first look. At least for us that was certainly the experience.
[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited March 03, 2007).]

Posted on: Sat, 03/03/2007 - 1:28am
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Lam, we haven't been presented with this in school yet, but I don't think I would opt out for Jess, but try to have the recipes adjusted (if you will).
During the summer he took a cooking class at our local community center. They were fully aware of his allergy. Also, the Friday night after school group he attends, they often cook things and during March break there is a day where a cooking class is offered and Jesse will be going.
There have been some really good thoughts in here about the "what if's" (previous use of pans, etc.) and perhaps we've simply been lucky/fortunate, but nothing has happened with the community center. They're aware, Jesse is aware, and off they cook.
I think I would probably have the same approach with the school.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 03/03/2007 - 1:45am
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Our school gave us the option of opting out or not. Since the teacher was not necessarily reliable in regard to allergy awareness and because our son didn't really want to take it, he opted out. It was the right decision for us. Less concern on our part, less dealing with the school on a daily basis and explaining why something was or was not okay, and he was put in something that he enjoyed more than a home ec class. I think you need to weigh both sides and do whatever works best for you. Some kids would really feel left out if they weren't able to participate in a home ec class but in our case, the other class was more appealing and more fun. (Our school is big enough so there were only a couple of kids that actually knew he had opted out- so not a big deal in that regard.)

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