Positive Stories re Peanut Free Classes/Schools

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 9:23am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Okay, so maybe not going to get a lot of response, I don't know. I remember one member last year saying that she couldn't post in my thread re the difficulty I was having with Jesse's school and felt badly about it because her child had a "peanut free" school that ran well.

I know you're out there!

I believe, if you look at the Schools section of the board, one *could* get the impression that "peanut free" classrooms and schools are not a do-able thing. How many threads do I have running under Schools about the terrible time I am having this year and had last year?

But I know that there are people out there whose children have "peanut free" classes that run well (or relatively well) and even "peanut free" (substitute "peanut safe", "reduce the risk") schools that run well.

Would anyone like to step forward and tell us a success story with your PA child's class/school?

I really think it's important for us to hear about them here because honest to God, I think a lot of people, in reading what some of us go through, decide to homeschool automatically. Tell them it ain't so, Joe! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]


Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 12:49am
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Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Cindy, My son does have a peanut free classroom. In fact they made all the classrooms peanut free so that if he travels to another room he will be safe. This is his first year in school and he is the first and only PA student so the accomodations were made for him.
We really havent had any problems I can complain about. The first week a parent sent in a may contain item for his birthday and they sent it home. (of course I felt so guilty I sent him in cupcakes the next day!)
So yes, I think it can be done, its not impossible. The only thing I would change if I could is to have the cafeteria stop serving p.b. Even if some kids still bring it in, it would cut the risk down a lot. But all in all , I cant complain.

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 11:28pm
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Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

My son started pre-school this year and does have a peanut-free classroom. So far, knock-on-wood, there hasn't been any problems. There is a strict handwashing policy, every student and adult must wash their hands upon entering the classroom. No food is allowed to be brought into the classroom by anyone besides the teacher. She collects money each week from every parent then buys safe snacks for all the students...which I read before they are distributed. The school is not peanut-free so it is definetly a big risk for my son when he goes to Gym class and computer class. Working on that...

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 12:40am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Peanuts have been banned from the two dorms associated with the program my son is in at college. That was done after a long summmer of us working with the college.
We did not ask for a ban but we did ask for awareness. The wanted a ban and how could we refuse?
No problems, no anger towards DS. In fact many people still ask him to talk about his PA and they police themselves in the cafeteria plus keeping an eye out for DS.
Students have stopped him on the way to the cafeteria and told him there looks like Peanuts on the salad bar so stay away, that evening he gets a visit from the caf. manager who apologizes for the mistake.
All in all a very very positive experience.

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 1:47am
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Joined: 08/11/2000 - 09:00

I think everyone knows by now that my PA son's school is peanut/nut free due to a number of student and teacher allergys in the school. Everyone has been wonderful and I cannot complain at all (other than about a few of the school council parents that I would like to see leave the school due to their ignorance).
The principal - which has been a godsend - has stated she plans on retiring this year, and I am quite worried that her replacement will not be as understanding or supportive. I hope not to be in panic mode in September.
Take care,

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 4:41am
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Batman, I meant to say in another thread that you had posted in that it's good to see you posting again! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
See, I knew there were positive stories to be heard! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 6:42am
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Joined: 10/11/2001 - 09:00

My son's daycare has been peanut-free for about a year now and things are running fairly smoothly from my perspective, though I know the director got a lot of negative comments at first (some fairly heated), and the teachers still have to be very watchful about the food other kids bring in. Once in a while they still have to throw stuff away. We are grateful that the daycare has gone peanut free...we did not ask for it, we asked only for a peanut-free classroom, but after they got more aware they decided to make the whole center peanut-free. They also heave yearly Epi-pen trainings for the whole staff.
As the parents get used to it I think things are going better, and of course the new parents never knew any differently so it's easier with them. I guess many will never truly understand and always think it's just an annoyance, but as long as they follow the rules I'm happy. We (my husband and I) also send a thank-you letter every September to parents expressing our gratitude to them for cooperating with the policy and explaining how it helps protect our son's life. We've gotten some good feedback for that from teachers and from one (extremely understanding)parent.

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 8:10am
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abers, we've always sent a thank-you letter home at the end of the school year to my son's classmates, along with the BE A PAL certificate and sticker. In years that I can, I've also sent Smarties home and Alexander the Elephant Who Couldn't Eat Peanuts colouring books for each child. But definitely, each year, the thank-you letter from my DH and I.
In the small town that we previously lived in where Jesse attended JK and SK in what I consider successful "peanut free" classrooms, we even put a thank-you letter in the local events column of the newspaper since it didn't really have a lot of stuff going into it and our letter did seem appropriate.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 01/18/2004 - 9:10am
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Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Cayley's Mom, are you out there?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 01/25/2004 - 2:05pm
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Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Many of you followed our story last fall.
My son entered Kindergarten, and we implemented a 504 plan that eliminated peanuts and tree nuts for the entire grade. Other risk reduction strategies included mandated handwashing for all K students upon entering classrooms, an aide assigned to our child, and gaining commitment from Director of Food Services to eliminate peanut and nut products from school lunch menu (in prep. for future years).
Although it was a rocky start (much resistance from parents, widespread media coverage, etc.), I'm pleased to report that the plan is working! No reactions this school year so far, and the handwashing is second nature now. Beyond the first week, there really haven't been instances where a Kindergartener has accidently brought in peanut/nut products, so despite parental grumbling, they are respecting the plan.

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 4:18am
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Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

My daughter is on third grade. First grade was 'heck' but second and third grade were good. Her second grade teacher basically didn't 'do food'. she did the three main parties during the year but that was it. So I didn't have much worry about peanuts getting in the classroom (she also tricked me into being the room mom, so I had a lot of control of the food for the parties). When it came time to place her in third grade, she put my daughter where I wanted her without any game playing. It was sooo nice. Now that she is in third grade, she has a teacher that has known her for 5 years. My son also had the same teacher. So I've been able to build up a good realtionship with her. In December they had a tea party with scones that were made in the class. At the party she had me and another mom be on 'peanut patrol' in case someone brought in something extra for the party that wasn't allowed. She told me "I want Katie to feel free to eat whatever she wants and not to worry. I want her to feel like everyone else." It was such a great thing to hear from a teacher.

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