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Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 3:11am
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Hi Cindy,
I was just wondering about allowing Jesse to eat at the "regular" table when you are with him. Why does the school believe this is any safer for him? If there is a monitor, why can't he/she sit at the regular table and "monitor" it? Would you make it "safer" for Jesse in some way that the monitor could not? Or are we just talking about some kind of liability issue?
It seems to me that if he can sit there with you at the table and be safe, then he can sit there with an adult monitor at the table and also be safe.
Cindy, this just popped into my head. I am not trying to challenge you in anyway, just wondering. Maybe I am just seeing this whole situation differently.
Cindia

Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 3:20am
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First of all,
is this "Peanut Free Table" a safe structure to begin with?

Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 3:34am
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b and c, you asked:-
If there is a monitor at the allergy table, can't that person check a friends lunch for nuts?
I would think that the monitor for the allergy table *should* be able to check for nuts in the other kids' lunches, but apparently the protocol that has been set up is that I have to request in writing that so and so be able to eat with my child and then that child's parents have to say that it is okay. It all sounds quite complex to me and I'm not sure how the school came up with it. Obviously, I have to meet with the school sometime this week and see how they figured out the situation they have in place now. I suspect it was with another PA parent's approval or maybe all of them. My son is new to the school but I don't think the other children are.
Did they provide a real table yet?
No, no real table yet. It is totally separate from the other lunch tables and probably okay in that they are in the lunch room where the Grade 7 and 8 children eat and I don't really need my guy being influenced by children that much older than him. Personally, what I would like, is what I've read about here, a "peanut free" table added in the elementary cafeteria as an extension of the other lunch tables. I did hear yesterday, I think through DH, that apparently the elementary cafeteria is quite packed with tables.
It is nice that there are other kids at the table with yours. Perhaps you can speak with one or two of the other parents, and lobby for a table in the regular lunch room.
Great idea! But then, of course, we get into the "comfort zone" thing and if these children have always eaten this way, maybe their parents are okay with it continuing this way and again, I'd be Psycho Mom from He** because I want things differently for my guy, I don't know.
Quite frankly, if it's a "reduce the risk" school, I can't figure out why he can't sit with his classmates, but again, I think it has to do with the school really wanting to be "safe than sorry" and they have all of the PA children together so the one monitor can keep an eye on those children whereas if they were in a group of ALL children, it *might* be harder.
I don't know. This is the first year I've had to deal with the lunchroom situation and I tried my darndest not to have to (i.e., calling the other school in my area to see if they ate in their classrooms or had a lunchroom and they do have a lunchroom as well).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 5:10am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
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Turns out that the "peanut free" table isn't a table, it's a bench set up over heaters in chairs are placed against the bench for the children to sit on to eat their lunch.
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THIS IS DRIVING ME NUTS.

Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 12:33pm
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Momma Bear, why, dear woman, is this driving you nuts (other than the fact there was a typo in there [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 4:07pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Momma Bear, why, dear woman, is this driving you nuts (other than the fact there was a typo in there [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]
Hon, it's not the typo (didn't notice)...........it just that the whole setup sounds like such an.......[i]afterthought[/i],
and obviously so to boot.
Maybe it's just me?
I mean, can you elaborate?

Posted on: Sun, 09/12/2004 - 9:10am
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Cindy,
What MB quoted was bothering me, too. However, I'm not entirely sure for the same reason. The reason it was bothering me is because I don't like the fact that Jesse doesn't ACTUALLY have a table.
"A bench set up over heaters" with chairs against the bench.
Why can they not get him a table? What about when the heaters get turned on for the winter seasons? Won't it get stifling hot?
If it were me, I would request that they get him a table and move it closer to the children in his own grade. How difficult can that be? (not getting upset at you, just the school)
On a positive note, I'm glad that Jesse seems like he is making friends! That's a very good sign! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 09/12/2004 - 12:25pm
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Quote:Originally posted by e-mom:
[b]Cindy,
What MB quoted was bothering me, too. However, I'm not entirely sure for the same reason. The reason it was bothering me is because I don't like the fact that Jesse doesn't ACTUALLY have a table.
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Yup, for lack of a better word: "Hokey".

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 6:25am
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ATM,
Your son is no safer in one lunchroom than the other. It sounds to me like these kids are being "sent to the back of the bus".
I'm having trouble putting into words how unfair it is that those children have no real table.
Can you tell I can't let go of this?
Brian
[This message has been edited by b and c (edited September 13, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 05/16/2006 - 2:01pm
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Simply re-raising - looking for discussion of blacktop anyway separate from the issue I was dealing with.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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