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Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 10:14am
3xy1PAinNH's picture
Joined: 08/07/2006 - 09:00

iN A PREschool environment where your child does not yet have all the capabilities to protect himself or speak for himself or understand the seriousness of his allergies, I would demand that the allergic items NOT be used in the class. And I am NOT an extreme mom by any means when it comes to exposures for my PA son(ie, he does outside activities, goes to Fairs and places peanuts are present...as long as I AM THERE!).

Posted on: Tue, 10/03/2006 - 1:27am
pitterpat's picture
Joined: 02/04/2006 - 09:00

My dd's teacher did this and carefully selected things dd could have. There is no reason that it can't be done so the teacher shouldn't care if you bring alternatives. She should understand the importance and can take her $2 box of Cheeze-itz home, right?
DD's teacher used
sweet - changed from m&ms to kissables
sour - changed from lemon heads to lemonade
salty - lays potato chip
bitter - tollhouse semi-sweet chips
I know I am blessed to have a super-caring and careful teacher. I hope yours is receptive!
mom to
Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees
Julia (9/04) asthma and allergic to eggs? & nuts? (no testing, just reactions)

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2006 - 3:08pm
hopechapel's picture
Joined: 12/11/2005 - 09:00

Well, I think the problem is that the allergy requires vigilance and change and these teachers get impatient or they don't like giving up their old ways of doing things. It is our job to help them grow. Help this teacher know that there are other salty things in the world other than cheez-its.
I think you have to call her and compliment her alot -- tell her how much your son loves her class, yadda yadda. Then drop the bomb. Can you change from chhez its to saltines? You've already bought them. No prob. You'll buy them off her. Wow does son love preschool! She is just such a great teacher..
This wasnt my tactic. I just told my teacher that my son says she always yells at him. Now she's buying huumus without going through me first.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2007 - 11:58am
TwokidsNJ's picture
Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

No, they cannot. Look up the Petit something decision on this website. This is discrimination. Post this on SCHOOLS board also and posters there can better direct you on 1) case law and 2) filing a complaint/reporting them.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2007 - 12:02pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

What they did is illegal. They are discriminating against him due to his disability. Here is a link to the settlement between La Petite Academy and the US Dept. of Justice. [url="http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/lapetite.htm"]http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/lapetite.htm[/url]
What you have to ask yourself at this point is whether you want them taking care of your child when they obviously don't want to do it. I've read threads here where once the preschool/day care has been informed of the law they readily make accomodations, but it doesn't always happen that way.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2007 - 12:09pm
mama2aidan's picture
Joined: 07/09/2004 - 09:00

Hi and welcome.
Sorry you are dealing with this. I am gonna go totally Off Topic here.
I saw your name which made me look at your profile which made me curious seeing where you live...which I totally repect your privacy btw so I can delete this if you'd like.
Without giving too much away....are you a twin? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
If you are then we know one another. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Well by you graduating with my DH.
Anyway, I hope you can find the right spot for your son. Good Luck.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 5:16am
Ron2112's picture
Joined: 07/18/2006 - 09:00

Don't know if it will make you feel any better, but when we started looking for pre-schools for my PA sons, we found PLENTY that were completely peanut free. I'm talking like 2/3 of all the pre-schools around here. Hoping you'll encounter the same.
Either way, I wouldn't take your child back to an organization that clearly doesn't want to deal with the issue. I WOULD however, report them to your County and State government, the ACLU, and just about every like organization I could think of.


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