Request No Food Rewards

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 1:07am
PerthPeanut's picture
Joined: 01/02/2007 - 09:00

My anaphylactic-to-lots-of-things 6 year old daughter attends a school which implemented a No Nut & Sesame Seed policy because of her. Recently the school had an incursion [an excursion within the school grounds] where the people concerned were not advised of the Policy. My daughter was one of 4 kids out of the 300 there, to be called on the 'stage' to perform as a monkey. Unbeknown to my daughter, she was given CHOCOLATE COATED PEANUTS as a reward for her efforts! It was the fast action of two 12 year old girls in advising the teachers present, that my daughter was holding peanuts in her hands!!! This averted a tragedy and they were later rewarded with a merit certificate for 'helping a young student whose life was in danger' and the school as a whole were commended as all the kids were muttering 'she's got nuts in her hands' etc. My daughter knows not to eat anything unless she checks first.

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 1:15am
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Um, be called on stage to act like a monkey for a choc covered peanut reward? What??
Thank goodness someone was aware and your 6yold did not eat the treat but the peanut being in her hand could have had dire results for us and I would be very concerned.
I'm glad your little one is ok.

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 10:02am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

A bad situation, but I love how the older girls reacted and that they were recognized for it!
Our school assemblies are planned by the parent school association (PSA or PTA group of parents primarily). Maybe they need some written guidelines to give to presenters who perform for the students.

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 11:10pm
PerthPeanut's picture
Joined: 01/02/2007 - 09:00

We have P&C [Parents and Citizens] meetings but I'm not sure that they could really do anything further. The school contact me for any issue relating to the Policy e.g. if a child brings in food which would cause an anaphylaxis [they are segregated while eating their lunch and need to wash their hands and face afterwards] OR if a parent has a query as to which foods are ok and which are not. If a parent queries the Policy, I mention that the school has a No Bullying Policy [so, no bullying is tolerated] and likewise with the No Nut and Sesame Seed Policy, these foods are not allowed within the school grounds. Once parents are advised of the danger to an anaphylactic child, they are ok. It's pure ignorance that causes the issues. I address the issues in the best way I can and so far so good! And there are now FOUR nut allergic kids attending this year. Phew, we are not the only ones... And we've even got large posters to surround the school, informing the students of what to look out for with their allergic peers and what to do etc.

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