peanut free = free of may contains too?

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 2:18am
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For those of you that have peanut free rooms/schools, do you allow "may contains"? My son's kinder will be half day and they'll have snack every morning. I worry most about the actual residue of peanut butter than may contains, but wondering if I'm alone in that? I have a feeling it would be impossible to keep the room free of may contains and "trace of peanuts" type items.

Also, for b-day parties and holiday parties, do you expect the food that's brought in to be safe for everyone? Or do you just keep a safe stash of snacks in the room and know that he'll not get the stuff that's brought in?

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 2:30am
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I'll preface this by saying that I began homeschooling my 11 yo dd this year but from our experience with a pf classroom and school, we never had a problem with may contains. We figured that, yes, there is a chance for reaction when you eat a may contain but dd has never had a reaction from being near or even touching a may contain.
Regarding parties where treats are sent in, we told the teacher and dd that absolutly no food is to pass through her lips that was not sent by me. We would keep a stash of her favourite treat at school so when the other kids had something, she had her favourite. She thought this was great and it worked well for several years.

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 3:37am
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My children's school is peanut free. I have never asked for it to be "may contain" free. I don't worry about "may contain", as my chidren know they are not allowed to share food, eat or touch other food not packed in their lunch bags.

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 4:46am
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The best interpretation (sp) for peanut free:
Free of any KNOWN peanut containing product.
So, may contains and manufactured on are acceptable for other children in the setting. As stated above, my child would also refrain from indulging.
Have a blessed day,
Bridget

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 6:51am
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Matt's Mommy, okay. For the first three years my son was in school, "peanut free" to me meant also NO "may contains" or "made ins" and quite surprisingly, this was adhered to very well.
Then when he was in Grade 2, all heck broke loose because the "may contain" part hadn't been made clear to the other parents.
I've posted all about it here through the years and from the guidance I received from other members here, I finally gave up my NO "may contains" stance when my son entered Grade 4 (last year).
I guess, for me, I just always figured that since it had worked for three years (at two different schools), that it was something that was do-able without that much of a big deal. When it became a major fight in Grade 2 (and then again in Grade 3), I did really have to think about it again. Of course, by that time, my son was also older.
As far as parties/special occasions and everything being safe or no one can eat it, that's another thing I've let go as well. My son checks now the ingredient lists on packaged foods that are brought in (he could have done that all along) and just doesn't eat any baked goods period.
BUT, when he first started school, if it wasn't safe for Jess to eat, then no, no one could eat it. Even in Grade 3, with two "may contain" items, home-made, for the Christmas party, I removed them from the classroom and sectioned them up for each child to take home after school. Of course, at that time, that was when I still had the NO "may contain" clause in his written school plan for his "peanut free" classroom.
I think, for me, on one hand it was disappointing because I saw people adhere to the no "may contain" thing for three years successfully and then it went BAM! Then, the other thing that changed obviously, is my guy got older. Another thing that began to play into it is that I just don't feel comfortable with him eating homemade goods from anyone anymore anyway (any any any [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ), which surprisingly, I was okay with when he first started school.
I'll also readily admit that I could never have envisioned not having my son sit at a "peanut free" table, and yet, he sits with the rest of his class now for lunch and has for a few months.
It's just how the journey has changed for me.
If I hadn't seen the first three years done well with NO "may contains", I would say now that I probably wouldn't even bother to ask for that. It really depends on what you feel comfortable with, and, as I say, I saw it done well for three years (two different schools; two different school board districts). But probably, all 'round, it would be less of a pita if I had never requested that (the last two years I did have that in his written school plan were sheer he**).
Hope this helps. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 5:58am
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We don't worry about "may contains" as long as DS doesn't eat them or handle them directly. We haven't had any problems so far.

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 6:30am
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Our school cafeteria is peanut free, but kids can still pack it. Only kids packing peanut products must sit at the opposite end of the lunch table, may contains and manuf are ok to be around. The school decided on its own that it would also remove any may contains or manufactured in products.

Posted on: Sat, 04/15/2006 - 4:38am
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Our school is peanut-free but may-contains are allowed. PA DD eats only what she brings to school with her. If it didn't come from home, it is not safe. No exceptions.

Posted on: Sat, 04/15/2006 - 6:17am
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Our school is not peanut-free, but I, personally, wouldn't expect a peanut-free school to be free of "may contains." But DS sits at a peanut-free table, which is free of "may contains" and lunches are checked by the para who is on duty there (always the same woman, has been doing it for years).

Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 12:04am
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My son's school is penaut free, but does not ban may contains.
Children are taught (both at home and at school) that it's not safe unless mom - and in some cases teacher - says it's safe.
(Some parents allow the teacher to read the labels for their child's allergen. But, that is an individual decision by parents.)

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 2:30am
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I'll preface this by saying that I began homeschooling my 11 yo dd this year but from our experience with a pf classroom and school, we never had a problem with may contains. We figured that, yes, there is a chance for reaction when you eat a may contain but dd has never had a reaction from being near or even touching a may contain.
Regarding parties where treats are sent in, we told the teacher and dd that absolutly no food is to pass through her lips that was not sent by me. We would keep a stash of her favourite treat at school so when the other kids had something, she had her favourite. She thought this was great and it worked well for several years.

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