school forcing kelloggs

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 3:07pm
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my son's pre-k provides breakfast and the menu items include kellogg's cereals. they will not allow me to bring in safe food for him and will not offer him an alternative. they contend that if a product does not have a warning, than he can eat it. i plan on contacting the company in hopes that they will put in writing that there is a possibility of cross-contamination. the school has agreed to not use the products if i can get that. but....from researching kellogg's responses in the past on here, i am afraid their response will not give an answer either way. any suggestions?

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 4:01pm
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Your school is telling you they can feed your son what they wish even if it is against your wishes?
Call the newspapers and eyewitness news. That is ridiculous.
Can he bring in a little box of his own cereal every day? I imagine there is little chance of airborne or touch problems with cereal and it will be a good example for your son to know his own food is OK.
Good luck
Peg

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 4:23pm
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I agree completely with Peg. It is not the school's place to decide which foods your child can eat. That is YOUR job.
I wouldn't try to get anything in writing from Kellogg's. Just get your doctor to write a letter stating that your child has special dietary needs and that you, in consultation with your physician, will choose the foods your child eats.
The nerve! I can't believe a school would try to dictate to you what your child will eat.
(By the way, Kellogg's is completely within my comfort zone--my PA kid eats it every day, but I would NEVER say someone else has to make the same decision. It's YOUR child and you have to make that decision, not me, not the lady next door, and not the &*%$ school.)

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 10:12pm
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Ugh! I would have a few choice words for the school. Seems like every year schools overstep their bounds a step or two more. Then they act shocked when people give up and homeschool! Don't let them get away with it!!

Posted on: Wed, 08/18/2004 - 4:51am
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[i][b]they will not allow me to bring in safe food for him and will not offer him an alternative[/i][/b]
I agree to get your doctor to write a note. That is not within their rights to decide what your child can eat. Their job is to provide a safe environment in which to educate him. They are not doing that by refusing to work with you in his best interests!

Posted on: Wed, 08/18/2004 - 8:42am
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Thank you all for your responses!
In all other aspects they have been wonderful, but they are convinced that if there is no warning then the food is safe. I feel that this is my decision to make and will get it in writing from my doctor.

Posted on: Wed, 08/18/2004 - 1:51pm
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Wow where earth is the provider from????
I am going though school right now for ECE & the parents are the RULERS of their children.PERIOD>
I would be livid if anyone disagreed with my food allowances
IF you can not work with them perhaps to need to look else where.

Posted on: Wed, 08/18/2004 - 2:11pm
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ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!!! A school cannot make a child eat what they provide. What about children who cannot eat something because of their religious preferences? You and your child's "CIVIL" rights have been violated.

Posted on: Wed, 08/18/2004 - 6:19pm
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x-contaminated, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
You've already gotten great advice. The school has no right to tell you what THEY are going to feed your child.
I would be livid.
Actually, I have been when one of my daughter's snacks at school was substituted by the teacher with a "may contain" snack and not something that I would have let her eat even if it wasn't "may contain" (my daughter is not PA).
I made the choice of what to pack for my child that day and the teacher had no right to decide my choice wasn't okay. Not without contacting me anyway.
I ran the breakfast program at my children's school a couple of years ago and even then, children were given a choice of what they wanted to eat - not told.
Please let us know how it goes.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 08/19/2004 - 2:25am
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Quote:Originally posted by NutlessMOM:
[b]ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!!! A school cannot make a child eat what they provide. What about children who cannot eat something because of their religious preferences? You and your child's "CIVIL" rights have been violated.[/b]
Actually, that may not be entireley correct, if it is a private school. I went to parochial school, and all kids that could not walk home for lunch had to buy hot lunch from the cafeteria. Brown bagging was not allowed. Now, that was many years ago [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] and things may be different today.
Anyway, I don't understand why the school would care. Do they have a contract or special agreement with Kelloggs? Some sort of favor?
If it were a personal choice (like if you were boycotting for some political reason, for example) I could understand. But medical, it just doesn't jive for me.
[This message has been edited by Scooby (edited August 19, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 08/19/2004 - 2:34am
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Maybe FAAN can help you. There must be someting in writing that explains that at present time, neither Kellogs nor any other company in the US is required to label ANYTHING "may contain".

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