Requesting a Nut Free School

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 3:29pm
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Hi there. I recently filed for a hearing before the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals to request that my son

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 8:56am
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Try Arroyo Vista School in Pasadena, Ca.
I recently spoke with the Principal Julie Jennings (626)441-5840, she was very helpful. We are about to ask the same for our sons school. Julie has a great attitude.She had quite a fight with one set of parents who said she was violating their childs civil writes by banning PB. She stood her ground and the school is PF. Let me know how it goes.
Nicole

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 12:51pm
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Here is an article about Arroyo Vista:
[url="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32170-2004Sep18.html"]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32170-2004Sep18.html[/url]
For the Lunch Bunch, School Will Hold The Peanut Butter
Sunday, September 19, 2004; Page A02
Parents at Arroyo Vista Elementary School are going to have to get a little more creative than the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwiches they pack in lunchboxes.
Four percent of the school's students are allergic to peanuts, and school officials aren't taking any chances. Peanut butter and any other food containing peanuts have been banned from the South Pasadena, Calif., campus. School lunches, snacks and classroom treats will have to be peanut-free.
Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena, Calif., has banned foods containing peanuts from its campus because some children are allergic to them. (Los Angeles Times)
In a letter sent to parents, Principal Julie Jennings said that the new rules "may seem a bit extreme" and be "difficult to get used to," but that it was necessary to protect the 20 students who suffer from the potentially life-threatening allergy.
Some parents who are upset with the "no-peanut zone" say the chance of students coming in contact with peanuts accidentally is too small to keep all of Arroyo Vista's 550 students from bringing the nut on campus.
Some people who are allergic to peanuts suffer only a slight rash, but others can go into anaphylactic shock, which can cause death in minutes. School staff members have identified the allergic students and have been trained to inject EpiPen -- which counteracts the reaction -- if one comes into contact with peanuts.
-- Kimberly Edds

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 12:54pm
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Here is another item:
[url="http://www.southpasadenareview.com/YIRindex.html"]http://www.southpasadenareview.com/YIRindex.html[/url]
PEANUT BUTTER -- With concerns about life-threatening allergies, Arroyo Elementary School had placed a ban on food containing peanuts, including those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches your mom used to make.
It

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 1:09pm
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Where do you live in Massachusetts? Is this a public or private school? My children went to Kingsley Montessori for preschool and kindergarten. They readily adopted a peanut/nutfree policy for the whole school. The school is in Boston and has preschool thru 5th grade.
We transferred to a public school closer to our home and find it is a very different attitude. No way the school would go peanut free. They are providing a peanut free class and some other precautions.
I am so interested to see how this effort plays out for you. Good luck! I hope you can make it happen!

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 3:47pm
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Thanks for the words of support. My children attend public school in Salisbury, MA

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 2:52am
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Well, I'm not sure this would help, but in the Cascade case a peanut free school was one of the options the parents requested. They also would have settled for hand-washing and other measures to mitigate the spread of peanut. However, they didn't get any of it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
[url="http://www.ode.state.or.us/services/disputeresolution/dueprocess/2002orders/dp02_122.pdf"]http://www.ode.state.or.us/services/disputeresolution/dueprocess/2002orders/dp02_122.pdf[/url]
Cathy

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2007 - 6:15am
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I live in Mass as well. What was the result? Did the school become nut-free?

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 8:56am
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Try Arroyo Vista School in Pasadena, Ca.
I recently spoke with the Principal Julie Jennings (626)441-5840, she was very helpful. We are about to ask the same for our sons school. Julie has a great attitude.She had quite a fight with one set of parents who said she was violating their childs civil writes by banning PB. She stood her ground and the school is PF. Let me know how it goes.
Nicole

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 12:51pm
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Here is an article about Arroyo Vista:
[url="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32170-2004Sep18.html"]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32170-2004Sep18.html[/url]
For the Lunch Bunch, School Will Hold The Peanut Butter
Sunday, September 19, 2004; Page A02
Parents at Arroyo Vista Elementary School are going to have to get a little more creative than the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwiches they pack in lunchboxes.
Four percent of the school's students are allergic to peanuts, and school officials aren't taking any chances. Peanut butter and any other food containing peanuts have been banned from the South Pasadena, Calif., campus. School lunches, snacks and classroom treats will have to be peanut-free.
Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena, Calif., has banned foods containing peanuts from its campus because some children are allergic to them. (Los Angeles Times)
In a letter sent to parents, Principal Julie Jennings said that the new rules "may seem a bit extreme" and be "difficult to get used to," but that it was necessary to protect the 20 students who suffer from the potentially life-threatening allergy.
Some parents who are upset with the "no-peanut zone" say the chance of students coming in contact with peanuts accidentally is too small to keep all of Arroyo Vista's 550 students from bringing the nut on campus.
Some people who are allergic to peanuts suffer only a slight rash, but others can go into anaphylactic shock, which can cause death in minutes. School staff members have identified the allergic students and have been trained to inject EpiPen -- which counteracts the reaction -- if one comes into contact with peanuts.
-- Kimberly Edds

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 12:54pm
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Here is another item:
[url="http://www.southpasadenareview.com/YIRindex.html"]http://www.southpasadenareview.com/YIRindex.html[/url]
PEANUT BUTTER -- With concerns about life-threatening allergies, Arroyo Elementary School had placed a ban on food containing peanuts, including those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches your mom used to make.
It

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 1:09pm
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Where do you live in Massachusetts? Is this a public or private school? My children went to Kingsley Montessori for preschool and kindergarten. They readily adopted a peanut/nutfree policy for the whole school. The school is in Boston and has preschool thru 5th grade.
We transferred to a public school closer to our home and find it is a very different attitude. No way the school would go peanut free. They are providing a peanut free class and some other precautions.
I am so interested to see how this effort plays out for you. Good luck! I hope you can make it happen!

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 3:47pm
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Thanks for the words of support. My children attend public school in Salisbury, MA

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 2:52am
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Well, I'm not sure this would help, but in the Cascade case a peanut free school was one of the options the parents requested. They also would have settled for hand-washing and other measures to mitigate the spread of peanut. However, they didn't get any of it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
[url="http://www.ode.state.or.us/services/disputeresolution/dueprocess/2002orders/dp02_122.pdf"]http://www.ode.state.or.us/services/disputeresolution/dueprocess/2002orders/dp02_122.pdf[/url]
Cathy

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2007 - 6:15am
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I live in Mass as well. What was the result? Did the school become nut-free?

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