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Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 2:38am
jayD's picture
Joined: 09/20/2000 - 09:00

I did call the school nurse today , as I felt I needed to address this "nut hunt " issue immediately- and she tells me she KNEW ABOUT IT! "they told me it would only be in places where teachers had access, and that the students can't go. I told them I was not comfortable as there are nut allergies, but they assured me they would keep it away from student areas." She was very apologetic of course, and when I told her about the nut stuff in the room, she agreed this was a problem and would talk to the teacher again, but it isn't enough. I am going to ask that they do more educating of this staff- it is done once at the first of the year, then they just forget it as they go, I think. I am not wild about my sons teacher in general, although she has been great about not feeding him things without checking with me 1st...just seems completely oblivious with this candy in the room!! I told her I was SO uncomfortabale in the class yesterday as it was, then to have the guy walk into the "nut free room" carrying his big jar of nuts and laughing about his school wide nut hunt, just sent me beyond stressed! I am so pissed that she knew about it! I did bring up the boy who had a reaction at school a week or so ago, and she volunteered that indeed, he reacted to something someone brought in from home and he ate in class. Any suggestions as to who all I need to bring in for this meeting? the teacher, the nurse , the principal, I think I will ask the school district contact to come in too- I would love to have our allergist there, but doubt he could, he is a very busy guy. thanks for the support, I will update! Jen

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 3:00am
gvmom's picture
Joined: 08/24/2005 - 09:00

Do you have a 504, or are you going to ask for one at this meeting? BTW, I am totally shocked -- most especially by the NUT hunt. That is just horrific.

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 4:20am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

If you haven't started the 504 process I would seriously consider doing so. There is a ton of excellent information on this site if you search for it. There are many, many good reasons to have one and it sounds like you just experienced many of them. Keep us posted! And if you have any questions about 504 plans, don't hesitate to ask.

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 8:31am
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I ditto gvmom's post.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
"That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 1:38pm
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

It's the teacher bringing in nuts into a peanut free classroom (**violating** the room)nut hunt and the other two incidents, rather than the candy for the eggs, that gets to me. We have a peanut free classroom, but I do not expect other parents to keep may contains from coming in--they don't get it. I provide those kind of treats for DS. I just want to keep peanut butter cookies from coming in--blatant peanut stuff. That's what I expect other parents to follow through on. And if needed, we buy extra candy for others when peanut stuff has to get thrown away (like the Reeses). It's a good thing you were there!!
But the other stuff??? That's absolutely amazing. I can't believe it. Keep us posted.

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 3:54pm
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Joined: 08/23/2005 - 09:00

I have used an advocate for my son (not PA) many times. Someone that knows educational disability law inside and out and found that it is totally worth the money. This is a life and death allergy - and the nut hunt was in the librairy also right... aren't kids in the librairy - even if they aren't behind the desk - so what - this is scary to me - my PA son is 3 and I am dreading him going to a public school for this reason. I would take this issue above the school if the prinicpal doesn't respond appropriatly. You son is entitled to FAPE (Free and Appropriate public education - I think it stands for)- well a nut allergic kid in a nutty classroom is not appropriate - I was ready to sue our district over some special ed issues and I told them so - I would go that far over a peanut allergy.
When you go in to your meeting - I would have listed with you - specific cases of children that have reactions mild to severe at school - open their eyes that PA is possibly fatal - I know I am going all out here, but honestly - children have died from exposure at school.
I have learned over the years how important it is to be professional in these issues, but when you have an advocate at a meeting - it sets up different standards and they know you mean business. I also audio tape all my meetings so they can't say one thing then do another. I have a teacher on tape with a blanent documented and verbal lie - I never used it - but they know I have it. I don't use it like black mail and I don't bring it up - but it gives you the upper hand I think.
Would they put a bunch of candy/cookies in front of a child with diabetes and just hope he doesn't eat them and go into a diabetic coma... well that's what they are doing with your child - just hoping he won't eat what he isn't supposed to. Maybe most children learn and won't eat things they don't know if they are safe, but I know with my 3 yo - I have to watch him closely and its hard for my 6 yo to even understand exactly why he can't eat things because it could leave crumbs that would make his brother sick.
Sorry I keep going on - I am just so sick about what happened with your son - and it really struck a cord with me. I am a nurse and I just can't believe people can be so careless with health issues - especially life threatening ones.

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 7:16pm
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

How can I put this in an elegant manner? Hmmm...
There needs to be a GIANT CAN OF WHOOPA** opened here.
...and I am not even southern (though I have to admire some of their expressions.) That is just the best way to express how I felt when I read your posts.
Forgive me for being blunt, but these people sound *stupid*. I mean, what are the choices - either stupid or evil. They can't be ignorant, because you've educated them and they are aware of what they did. I would be worried about the average IQ level of some of the admin and teachers and what other stupid things they are doing... time to clean some clocks!!!

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 7:19pm
Cliok's picture
Joined: 04/09/2004 - 09:00

JayD, that's absolutely unbelievable! A nut hunt - have they any clue how dangerous this could be. I'm completely shocked, to be honest - there are really serious issues here. I'm not surprised you're really stressed. Good luck at the meeting - I hope some awareness will come of it.

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 10:11pm
notnutty's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

"Stupid" is an understatement. I cannot believe that teachers...who are supposed to be educated and professional are behaving in this manner.
No wonder you are stressed...your child's life has been put into danger. What in the h*** were these people thinking??
I am speechless....

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 11:27pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

When I read your post through, I thought, it has to be a joke. I cannot even believe all the things, in a sinlge day, no less.
I would be trembling with anger and fear and nerves. Ugh. I do not even know where to begin, but this has to all be addressed vert seriously. I do not have a 504, but my school told me how they handle allergies, and it was as much as I ever would have asked.
In your shoes, I would quickly and quietly begin the research and process. This is a big mountain to conquer. Geesh. Best of luck with it. Becca


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