school regulations

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 4:30am
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HI
I am a mother or three, one with a peanut allergy. He is 6 and is a fraternal twin, his sister does not have this allergy.
Does anyone know of SPECIFIC state or federal regulations for peanut free classrooms? My son has a peanut free class room where his teacher provides safe snacks for all. The problem, as we all know, is the cafeteria. The epi pen is in the nurses office and he is not carrying it.
One time a child, who sits at this table because she says she is allegic to peanuts,..brought in a kit kat for a snack. My son is aware and knew this is NOT a safe food. How can a parent tell their child this is a safe snack....and then she sits at the table? I have requested that staff check the food at this table, but it seems that he only sits with this one child. Again because she claims she is allegic too. she sits at this table, but I question her "allergy".
I want to know REGULATIONS that are in print madating the schools to provide safe tables etc....He has had only on anaphlatic ( spelling ooops) reaction when he was ten months old.........as many say, this is a reminder of how severe it is. He develops hives from touch as well. PLease help with imfo........I am a member of FAN as well.

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 5:07am
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Sueqtpie,
As I understand it, New Hampshire is working on laws governing students carrying epi pens.I will reraise my post. I believe it is under "Schools".
I am not sure how many other, if any at all, states are addressing this issue. I hope there will be a domino effect here. When I found out Illinois enacted a public health law related to students and carrying asthma inhalers, I naturally assumed epi-pens would not be far behind. I am still researching if this is the case in Illinois, as I am unaware if it is. My son's school is open to the idea of him carrying his own epi pen (but not being solely responsible for its administration) next school year----this fall. He will be 8 and in 2nd grade. He has demonstrated the skills, level of safety and understanding necessary to carry it. Even if he won't be solely responsible for its administration. I will also note my son's school is a private religious school and not a public school. The public school in my district informed me this was not an option. (The public school in my district also told me my son could not carry an asthma inhaler, but I found out to the contrary, yes, he could (under certain conditions), which by the way, he had already met.
Similarly, on the state level across the U.S., the issue of epi pens and paramedics is being addressed and legislation in certain states enacted.
Massachusettes Department of Education has prepared a document (84 pages) regarding the management of life threatening food allergies in the school setting. I will try to find the post regarding it and reraise it.
These are just examples of how policies are being developed regarding PA in various settings.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:40am
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Sorry for the limited input - but.... the Kit Kat balls are safe (PN and TN free) as are Kit Kat bars from Canada (they have a slightly different wrapper and can be ordered online)are safe too. I am in the states and do order candy from Canada and Nut Free in Vermont.
I am not saying that you are wrong in thinking the school should be more careful, but it is difficult - maybe impossible, for an adult to look at a lunch and really detect difficulties for all of us in the food allergy world.
I understand your concern and it just underlines what the schools go though when they are supposed to check lunches -an unmarked brown cookie in a baggie ( a pb one, a ginger, a burnt sugar????who knows?)
Maybe checking out some of the 504 plans would help. Do a search on that.... you also need to clarify if you are in the US....
[This message has been edited by Chicago (edited March 03, 2003).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 6:28am
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Hi I am writing from the US, Long Island NY.
I realize that this is not the last time that I will experience many difficulties in the school setting with the peanut allergy.
I am currently reseaching the need to become a 504 child.
We are researching moving to Tennessee so that change may or may not be a positive one dealing with another set of staff and school settings.
My child is still learning NOT to eat snacks from others, even if it is "checked " by another staff member. Today he was given a snack, fig newtons, which are safe, yet it was not his teacher and I reviewed the process of not eating any foods unless it was sent from home, or APPROVED by his teacher only.....no one else.\
It has been hard. Thanks for everyones imput.

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 12:57pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Chicago:
[b]Sorry for the limited input - but.... the Kit Kat balls are safe (PN and TN free) as are Kit Kat bars from Canada (they have a slightly different wrapper and can be ordered online)are safe too. I am in the states and do order candy from Canada and Nut Free in Vermont.
I am not saying that you are wrong in thinking the school should be more careful, but it is difficult - maybe impossible, for an adult to look at a lunch and really detect difficulties for all of us in the food allergy world.
I understand your concern and it just underlines what the schools go though when they are supposed to check lunches -an unmarked brown cookie in a baggie ( a pb one, a ginger, a burnt sugar????who knows?)
Maybe checking out some of the 504 plans would help. Do a search on that.... you also need to clarify if you are in the US....
[This message has been edited by Chicago (edited March 03, 2003).][/b]
Please tell me how I can order SAFE Kit Kats?

Posted on: Sat, 03/15/2003 - 2:00am
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Quote:Originally posted by mdk:
[b] Please tell me how I can order SAFE Kit Kats?[/b]
Hi,
Hershey [b]Kit Kat bites[/b] are available in the USA and they are safe - there is no nut warning on the package. [b]Always check labels [/b] in case manufacturing conditions change. The other Kit Kat products in the USA (regular Kit Kat bars, Big Kat, etc) are [b]not safe[/b] and have a nut warning on the packaging.
In Canada, all Kit Kat bars are manufactured in a [b]nut-free facility[/b]. From the USA, you can order the nut-free Nestle Canada chocolate bars (Aero, Kit Kat, Smarties, Coffee Crisp) by going to [b] Panhandle Premium[/b] at [url="http://www.panhandlepremium.com"]http://www.panhandlepremium.com[/url]
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[This message has been edited by erik (edited March 15, 2003).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2003 - 8:03am
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sueqtpie,
Check out this website: [url="http://www.allergysupport.org"]www.allergysupport.org[/url]
There's lots of great information on schools, especially how the law applies to food allergies. Great 504 outline on how to create a 504 plan. After you've had a chance to look at allergysupport, come back and look at the school board.
It's a lot to take in, but you'll have some specific questions after you get the chance to read and digest.
Glad you found this site! Welcome!
Gail

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