Should PTO events be nut free?

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 3:18am
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I have a4 yr old in preschool.I have joined the PTO and have been asked to call parents for supplies for a fun fair.Talking to one of the PTO leaders today i asked her about the cakes that we are asking to have brought in.She told me they can be either homemaid(red flag) or store bought.I questioned her on the nut thing and was told its uip to the parent to make sure the kids are safe.I do believe i should be responsible, but shouldnt it be a policy that with a school event they follow the rules as in the classroom? Our school the preschool room he is in are nut free, just this month pb &j will not be served anymore, but kids can bring it in.I guess i am just upset at the attitude i got.Anyone have any advise .....or am i again being sensitive!

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 4:56am
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Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 6:30am
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My son's school does not allow peanuts or peanut products. They do [b]not[/b] try to ban *may contain* items. All products sent in to the school (whether for the student, the class, bake-sales, whatever) cannot contain peanut or peanut butter, and when they had international night, they specified not to cook food in peanut oil.
However, home-made cakes and cookies are allowed, and are considered *may contain*.
Edited to add the word *not*. Sorry about that.
[This message has been edited by AnnaMarie (edited February 14, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 2:05pm
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You are not asking for too much nor being too sensitive. My son's preschool is considered to be peanut and nut free. There is an annual bake sale at our "family fun day". It is always very well publicized that nothing with nuts is allowed. The mother who gave you the "it's up to the parents to keep their kids safe" line just doesn't have a clue. She is probably not a mean person but really just doesn't know what it is like for us (and our kids!) to have to constantly be on guard for deadly substances everywhere. It would be wonderful if you could educate her. But, if not; try to ignore her (and her ilk) and come here whenever you need to vent among like minded folks!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 11:13pm
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My chidlren's school is peanut/nut free, however there is no mention about "may contains". Any event run by the school staff or parent council would be Peanut/Nut free.
A couple of years ago, at a fun fair, parents were asked to bring in cakes, homemade or store bought. As long as there were no actual peanuts/nuts in the cakes I was okay with it.
My daughter knows, although she is finding it harder to accept, that she can not eat baked goods from someone else. I bake ALOT so that my daughter can enjoy treats that the rest of her schoolmates are enjoying.

Posted on: Sat, 02/14/2004 - 12:48am
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Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
[b]My son's preschool is considered to be peanut and nut free. There is an annual bake sale at our "family fun day". It is always very well publicized that nothing with nuts is allowed. [/b]
Are there "homebaked" goods there?

Posted on: Sat, 02/14/2004 - 12:49am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]However, home-made cakes and cookies are allowed, and are considered *may contain*.[/b]
interesting. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 02/14/2004 - 2:18am
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I edited my post as I left out a very important three letter word. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] I'm really sorry about that.

Posted on: Sat, 02/14/2004 - 7:26am
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I wrestle with this one a little. At our school, each family pays an annual PTO dues of $10. We pay it, of course, but usually can't eat the food at the PTO events. But I don't fret about it much. We just "navigate" these events like any other.
Fortunately, due to some hepetiis scares in the 1990s, our school board passed policy that does not allow any home-made foods for general distribution. So most of the food at events is store bought and usually (not always as we know) contains an ingredient label. The other option for event organizers is to get the food thorugh the school food service, Chartwells International. Going this route is great because Chartwells has worked hard to obtrain ingredient labels from its subsuppliers. They strive to be and are essentially "nut free".
I'm on the PTO and have encouraged event organizers to opt to go through the food service. But it tends to be more expensive than say buying from Sam's Club, so volunteers have continued to purchase on their own and get reimbursed by the PTO.

Posted on: Sat, 02/14/2004 - 9:31am
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Gail,
as usual, you leave me with a sense of wonderment at the absolute beauty of the forest. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 02/15/2004 - 2:30am
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Thank You all, I think i just needed to vent!My point with this PTO woman was that i was just asking questions about nuts because this will be our first school event.I do agree with her that it is up to me to keep him safe, but she got very defensive very quickly.But i do think that they should not accept homemade goods.At least if something has nuts and its on a label it is easier for everyone. His school so far has made me feel very safe, we are lucky that his teacher has a nephew that has a nut allergy so she is very careful.Not that i wish the allergy on anyone, im sure you all know what i mean that because his teacher has a nephew she is more sensitive to it. Anyway thank you for being here.I read this site all the time, but i usually never post things.I get so much information from you guys and your knowledge....

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