Our school nurse has come to the rescue!

Posted on: Tue, 08/29/2000 - 4:13am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

My pa and tna daughter started kindergarten yesterday, and I had been beside myself with worry (of course). I had tried to do everything "right" from the get-go, but was beginning to feel that I was banging my head against a wall. I don't think the principal or teacher truly "got it", although they acted supportive. I was unable to even schedule a meeting with anyone before school began. Now for the good news: I was able to meet with the school nurse and the teacher yesterday morning, and the nurse was as knowlegable and experienced with this as I could have hoped for. She immediately stated that her policy for pa kids is to send a letter home to all parents in the class requesting that they do not send any peanut products with their kids to school. She also stated that there would be no problem keeping an epipen in the classroom as well as one in the office. She actually said "if I didn't allow the epipen it would be saying that your child can't come to school". I was so happy with the outcome of this meeting; I only wish I had known to deal with the nurse in the first place, instead of the principal. Now I just have to hope that there isn't any fall out from parents insisting on their kids' God given right to eat peanuts. The nurse also said that she would like to see peanut free schools, and that as the numbers grow there is a greater chance that that will be able to happen.

Posted on: Tue, 08/29/2000 - 6:57am
Dane Ann's picture
Joined: 08/29/2000 - 09:00

I am so glad to hear that you had a good experiance. I had some fallout with parents last year during preschool when the children were making the peanut butter bird feeders. The teach had planned ahead to use crisco instead and can you believe that a parent pitch a royal tissy when she found out that pb was not being used. I listened to all I could take and finally piped up and told her the effect of pb on a person with severe allergic reactions. This year we start kindergarten and the school nurse is suppose to call me on friday. I have been a nerveous wreck over this for several weeks, but hopefully it will all go smoothly. My older son has been in the school for 3 years now and he has allergies to milk protien (so does our 5 year old). The school was great last year. They would have several sundae days during the year and the nurse would call me everytime to verify with me that they were using frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. I just hope the pb issue will go as smooth. Thank you for your reassuring story.
Dane Ann

Posted on: Tue, 08/29/2000 - 9:24am
Lisa M's picture
Joined: 03/07/1999 - 09:00

Dane Ann,
Really, I cannot believe some people! Was the mom so inept that she couldn't help her daughter make a d*** pb birdfeeder at home if it was that important to her? I mean, come on people! Is her life that carefree that that would be her biggest problem, her daughter not making a craft at preschool? I hope you have good luck in school this year. I think for the most part people will be reasonable (I do like to look at the postive!).

Posted on: Tue, 08/29/2000 - 9:42am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Dane Ann, good luck to you and your son - I also hope that things will go smoothly for you. I cannot believe the nerve of that mother: why should she care whether or not the bird feeder was made with crisco or pb?! I would think it would only matter to the birds, if it would matter to anyone! I'm glad you were able to educate her a bit. I saw the letter that our school nurse sent out to parents, and it is GREAT! It even mentions plain m&m's and chips made with peanut oil. Wow! I am sort of holding my breath a bit, though, to see what reactions the other parents have. We have an open house next week, so I will probably post then to mention if there were any comments.

Posted on: Fri, 09/03/2004 - 11:55pm
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Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 12:25am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

MommaBear, I love it when you raise these old topics! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I feel like I'm reading a journal entry.
Really - I should print out my old posts and save them somewhere.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

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