Son\'s pre-school is now Peanut Free!!!

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 3:04am
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My oldest non-pa son started at his Jewish pre-school this week. At our Back To School night, they announced that peanut products will no longer be allowed in school. I nearly fell off my chair. You should have heard the gasps of horror from other parents. I clapped loudly and thanked everyone I could find for being so conscientious about the safety of our children. Now I feel safer about sending my PA toddler there when he is older. Now if only the public schools would follow suit.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 4:47am
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Jamieb: That is exciting news!! My husband and I just had our mtg with our pa 3yr olds Jewish pre-school this morning and it went very well. Our son had a successful year last year (2 mornings a week) and now he will be there 5 mornings starting next week. Our JCC is not nut free but has been extremely accomodating for our childs needs. If you don't mind, I would love to know where your preschool is located, since it is a great example for all other Jewish schools. We are in NJ and our school is kosher which poses a problem with the lunches. My child will not be staying through lunch/extended day due to his PA and that our school is not nut free.
I am so happy for you! Are there other PA children in the school? Why did they make this change and how are they handling it with the other parents. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news, it is nice to know that there is hope.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 5:10am
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Hi SF,
Our pre-school is in Columbia, MD. There are numerous children in the full day and 1/2 day programs with food allergies. Oddly enough, there are no kids in my son's 4 year old class which his teacher said is odd considering the prevalence of these allergies today.
This school is also kosher so many parents are upset because their choices are even more limited with the loss of PB&J. My son (who is not PA) loves soynut butter and jelly and I have been spreading the word on that choice to parents who are scrambling for ideas. "I'm Healthy" soynut butter is now carried in our local Giant grocery store making it accessible to everyone! The school administrators are providing alternative lunch ideas to these parents as well. I have not seen the food list yet.
I think administrators received enough pressure from parents as well as input from two highly respected allergists in the community whose children (one with PA) attended the school.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 6:00am
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My daughter's preschool is also peanut free, and starting this year, chocolate free. We are in Connecticut. We got a list of foods that are "safe" and a shopping list. They even told us what bakery and stores we can or cannot use. The 3 year olds only have snack, the 4's eat lunch there everyday. I have to admit, I was worried when I heard about this ban, as at the time, about the only thing my daughter would eat for lunch was pb&j. I hear from other parents that the only time it is a pain (for the non-pa parents & children) is birthday time, as we are not allowed to bring in home-baked goods (even if they are peanut-free)because of the risk of cross-contamination, and we are limited on the commercial baked goods that can be brought in.
'Hope your child does well in preschool!

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 6:08am
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3mom,
Thanks for the good wishes. I can't wait until my DS gets home and tells me all about his first day of school.
The same policy exists for birthdays at this school--no home-baked goods, only store bought items (and kosher too!). Makes my life easier! No baking.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 6:42am
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Jamieb: hope your son enjoyed his first day at school! When you get the alternative lunch list, can you share it with me? I would love to see some of the suggestions. Also, what are they suggesting to parents for birthday treats? Your safe food lists would be a great addition to mine for our preschool. Thank you for the info about the location of your school, I'm going to mention it to my JCC preschool. I am suggesting to our school that we give the children stickers,crayons,or something small that is not food related for birthday celebrations. I am looking forward to a great school year, Thanks again

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 6:56am
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Our local JCC preschool (in Palo Alto, CA) is also peanut and nut free. The kids are not allowed to bring in any meat, either. My daughter went there for day camp the year before kindergarten, and it was such a relief to me to have my worries minimized. I did feel a bit sorry for the parents who had to come up with lunches their kids could eat. I used to send in cheese sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, or egg salad sandwiches, most of the time. I am lucky that Leah is not a picky eater. Her regular pre-school was also peanut and nut free; this was a parent participation pre-school run by the local school district. My 15 month old will start there next week, in a "mommy and me" type class. It is such a relief that I won't have to worry about him getting exposed to pb while he's there. Good luck, and congratulations. I'm glad you were bold enough to clap and cheer!!! Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 10:41am
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California Mom: It is so exciting to hear that your JCC pre school is also peanut/nut free! I know that these schools will be a great example for the other JCC schools. Have a "safe" school year! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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