Sending letters home at the start of school, any ideas?

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 11:29am
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I posted this under schools too, I am not sure where to start. I am trying to compose a letter to be sent home with the entire student body. Any ideas would be welcomed. Feel free to email me at [email]Allergy2Peanuts@aol.com[/email] Thank you for all your help. forgot my own email address, sorry all.

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Posted on: Thu, 08/16/2001 - 10:23am
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I'm curious. Are you just helping the school to compose a letter or are you actually sending the letter???! I would strongly recommend this is something that the school should write? I can understand the school may have asked for input for what to put in the letter, but not to actually have you write it. Anyway, my recommendations (after having helped write 3 of them) is to keep it simple. Parents rarely read information that comes home from school. They tend to glance more than read so a big heading with ALLERGY ALERT would be a good starting point. Include a paragraph for the plan for the classroom/school (nut free/safe classroom, nut free/safe zones). Include a paragraph on how severe an allergic reaction can be and the consequences of a reaction - be blunt - it really does help bring the message home. Include a paragraph of what is safe and not safe to bring (i.e. no products containing peanuts or any nuts but products that have "may contain warnings" are allowed). Be clear here - this is where it gets confusing. All questions should be directed to school administration. That way they can field the calls. Wherever possible I would recommend keeping it at a divisional/board/school level rather than a parental level. I've heard many horror stories and it doesn't need to be a fight. Decisions about nut practices at schools are not up for discussion. They are school rules just like no guns, no fights, etc. I am in the other camp right now. We are preparing for my son to leave the comforts of elementary school and have been considering not having a peanut/nut ban in his classroom this year. He is older and better able to advocate for himself and in another year he won't have the choice of having a nut free environment. There is no control in Junior High with regards to where or what the children eat! So, we were thinking it might be a good time to get used to the idea - although it scares the beegeebers out of me!
Best of luck with your plan. We have had nothing but positive results with our classrooms over the years and hope you have the same success.
Good Luck

Posted on: Sat, 08/18/2001 - 11:17am
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I can send you a sample of what I just sent out if you are interested. It is my 2nd edition. My first was a bit too long I think!
[email]jchickering@earthlink.net[/email]

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