Schools not following allergen policies

Posted on: Sat, 01/11/2020 - 1:13pm
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Hi everyone, Im a teacher at a private school and they say that it is a peanut/tree-nut free school but In the past year and a half i have worked there I cannot even count how many time peanuts and tree-nuts have been allowed in the school either by a student bringing them or even a staff member. I am deathly allergic to both peanuts and tree-nuts and there are 3 other staff and countless children who are allergic and many of those families chose this school because of their policy about nuts. They even used to have them in the lounge till i brought up that I could not go in there to eat because it wasn’t safe for me or the kids whose teachers eat in there due to airborne allergens and cross contamination. I also said that they should follow their policy and not allow them in the school at all because it is not safe for anyone with those allergy’s, I at least know to wash my hands before touching my mouth or eating but it is an elementary school and not all kids know better.
Now whenever a parent or teacher brings in a treat for the teachers that had nuts they keep it in the office and It makes me upset because they say they are not allowed but yet the administration constantly breaks these policies and is putting the children and staff with allergies In Danger. I don’t know to get them to listen to me or strictly enforce this “policy” they say they have, even the kids in my class bring nuts in and I’ve told their parents countless times that they are not allowed.

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2020 - 12:59pm
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Hi Rachel, that is so incredibly frustrating. My first recommendation would be to speak with the administrators of your school but it seems that they are a part of the problem. I think that writing a letter to all of the administrators is a first step and reminding them of the dangers and liablities that they face if they continue to allow peanuts and tree nuts into a school that is supposed to be peanut-free and nut-free. If they are not willing to make the change then it's time to go up the ranks to the school district. It is upsetting that the administrators of your school are so careless. With a group like that, it will take something dire to happen before they take action so if they're not willing to do anything then I would definitely send a serious complaint to your school district's superintendent. I really hope this gets resolved for you. I feel your frustration, although I haven't dealt with it at a school level, I have dealt with it in my workplace/office.

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:52am
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That happened in my child's school and the parents got together and complained to the superintendent of the school district. The administrators of the school let everything slide by and there were so many incidents that put the kids in danger. We would all submit complaints to them directly then we all had a meeting and decided to take action so we complained directly to the superintendent and that's when changes were quickly implemented. We haven't had an issue since then.

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