peanuts in school store

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2007 - 6:36am
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Three days after having meeting with school team (with a dr. letter), ds comes home with the news that the school store is now selling peanuts. Neither one of us was advised of this heightned risk as the dr. letter states we are to be notified. Here are a few quotes taken from minutes of our meeting on mon. " All persons involved feel xxxx needs to be in school and can be more responsible with his health" "WE can make all precautions possible at school but ultimately xxxx is responsible when he enters the "real world." He will turn 13 on Mon. when does this real world begin? Can I pray there might be someone compassionate,willing to help someone in need? What world are our children living in now? We all know that this allergy has made even the youngest more responsible than their peers. One more quote" the nurse suggests that he may build up a resistance" He had a option of isolation for lunch and to be excluded from pe to take computers. He also was advised not to go on the 8th grade Washington trip beause it would be a disposition to the one who likes to eat at resturants that serve peanuts. All these years I was told I was doing him an injustice because he had no school social life. Sounds like he missed alot of" sorry we can't accomodate you." I am lost. Presently waiting on the clinic director who is trying to meet with school. I feel like they really want me to pull him out. Has anyone ever tried homebound instead of homeschool. Where they pay for the education. Thanks so much

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2007 - 7:04am
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Not sure I totally understand your post, but my thoughts are...
I think there needs to be advocacy focus (individual and organizational) at the middle (and high) school level(s).
Middle/high school years are the greatest risk for anaphalyxis and death from food allergies.
I think school administrators need to start recognizing this, and we need to start sharing the data with them to effect change for this age group.
Mine are much younger (6 and 5yo) but I have a hard time believing all 12yos are capable of self administering epipen and schools seem to put the responsibility back to the child when they hit middle school age. This is also a prime age for bullying.

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2007 - 7:32am
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Quote:Originally posted by bbm68:
[b]He had a option of isolation for lunch and to be excluded from pe to take computers. He also was advised not to go on the 8th grade Washington trip beause it would be a disposition to the one who likes to eat at resturants that serve peanuts. [/b]
This is blatantly illegal. Your son is being excluded from school activities because of his disability. I advise you to get an advocate--maybe Rhonda can help you: [url="http://www.foodallergyadvocate.com/"]http://www.foodallergyadvocate.com/[/url]
Your son needs a 504 plan. The school nurse is not a doctor. She can't contradict a doctor's orders to avoid contact with peanuts. This is wrong on so many levels!
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2007 - 8:25am
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what exactly is a school store? i don't believe we have anything like that here - in any of our grade levels. sometimes around christmas the intermediate (4th, 5th and 6th grade) students sell gift items (all non-food) for kids to buy for family members. also, the kids can buy pencils and erasers and such before school if they want from a table set up in the hallway. other than that, i can't imagine what a school store is.
i would, however, throw a fit if peanuts were sold at a school store in my kids' school. it's absolutely not necessary, imo.
we have one group that sells snacks to kids during lunch period on fridays. i used to be on the board of that group and made sure the items purchased for sale at school were safe for everyone (even kids whose food allergies were different than my own kids'). now that i've been off the board for two years, though i still help them out, i have noticed that they've been slipping in a few nut/peanut items lately.
the woman selling a couple of fridays ago waited until my 11 yr old approached the table to buy her snacks with quite a few other students and then very loudly announced...."for anyone who's got peanut allergies (knowing that my daughter was the only one in that particular building), if you have a problem with peanuts, then just DON'T EAT the peanut items. we want to make sure all the other kids have a bigger selection of snacks to buy from now on. for the rest of you, we have a lot more really good snacks for you to choose from now."
i spoke with her. i think she understood how i felt about her little announcement. if it happens again, i will speak with the school principals or higher up. not because selling peanut items is a crime but because they've done extremely well for the six years i've lived here and participated in that program selling a myriad of "safe" foods for all the students. the profits from the sale of these snacks goes directly to the teachers to use as they wish for their classrooms.
if they decide to continue selling their new improved selection, they will lose my family's contribution to their efforts. my kids buy for themselves each week and quite a few of their friends. also, i am one of their most reliable volunteers. they can kiss us goodbye if they want to be narrowminded.
if they decide to continue to sell their peanut stuff, i'll just go higher up. i trust my kids' school and have come to depend on them quite a bit. i feel certain they will veto the peanut items if they're made aware of what is going on.
i recommend you do the same. i would think the school system would not want the liability of additional peanut residue around the building. at least with lunches brought from home the residue is "mostly" contained to the cafeteria surfaces. with peanuts floating around the building and classrooms, the school would have a much more difficult time keeping your child safe. surely they don't want that to happen.

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