\"Safe\" School Registry?

Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 12:24pm
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Hello all, as the parent of a wonderful 5 year old halfway through her first year of Kindergarten in a NON-Peanut Aware school, my wife and I are eager to change schools to a more sensitive school system. We're looking around the North Shore of Massachusetts, but I'm having a hard time finding out which school systems are the best for her.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to identify which are the better schools to start with?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 12:10pm
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Hi.
I grew up on the North Shore and still have lots of family there. My grandmother always sends me newspaper clippings and soon after my DS was diagnosed a few years ago she sent me clippings from the Salem Evening News about a couple of schools that had gone peanut free one was in Peabody and the other in Swampscott I believe. You may want to do a search of the Salem Evening News website as the articles clearly talked about which schools they were.
Good luck.
Schnook

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 12:38pm
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Thank you for the Swampscott tip. I couldn't find any way to search the Salem News archive, but I appreciate the tip!
Anyone have any other ideas?

Posted on: Sat, 02/28/2004 - 12:18pm
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I also have family on the North Shore. Two SILs are elementary school teachers in the Peabody school system and they are very PA aware due to DD's PA. Both have young children so they are in the loop as far as kindergartens are concerned. Would Peabody be of any benefit? I can contact them and get their input. Feel free to take this off-line and e-mail me.
Andrea

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 2:24am
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Hi, pknittle, I'm in Massachusetts, also. Right now my daughter goes to a private, peanut-free, kindergarten, Next Generation in Andover (we live in North Andover). I think the only way to find out about the safety of the schools is to call the schools themselves. North Andover seems to be very willing to work with parents of food allergic children, but they are not a peanut-free school system. I was told that they currently have three peanut-allergic children in first grade, but none of the parents wanted a peanut free classroom. They said that it the past they have had them, though. The only problem is that the whole school is not peanut free, and I'm not sure what good having a peanut free classroom will do if the cafeteria isn't. I am still talking to them, but we are probably going to end up sending her to Meritor, in Middleton, for at least the early elementary years, because they are peanut free. Good luck with your search. I know there are others from Massachusetts here on the board, so maybe you can get some advice about other school systems, also.

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 12:44pm
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Thanks Kim!
I have found that Amesbury is "Nut Aware" although they do allow peanut butter in the cafeteria.
[url="http://www.ci.amesbury.ma.us/home.nfs?a=amesbury&l=;PROCEDURES;PROCEDURE_ID='432'"]http://www.ci.amesbury.ma.us/home.nfs?a=amesbury&l=;PROCEDURES;PROCEDURE_ID='432'[/url]
I've found a couple of schools that don't SERVE peanut butter in their cafeteria, but that doesn't mean they are very aware.
If you should ever need it, here is the Mass Department of Education "guidelines":
[url="http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf"]http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/2002/news/allergy.pdf[/url]

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