starting school

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 10:38pm
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Joined: 08/01/2001 - 09:00

I'd really appreciate some feedback from fellow board members.

My son starts kindergarten in September. We're meeting with the school in a couple of weeks. How many of you have been successful in banning peanut butter sandwiches from your school?

How many of you got your schools to stop preparing peanut butter sandwiches in the cafeteria? How about stopping parents from sending peanut butter sandwiches to school?

Also, at what age do you feel comfortable allowing your child to wear an epi-belt? We've decided to have our son's teacher "hand off" his epi-pak.

Posted on: Sat, 08/11/2001 - 4:16pm
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nojiff4us, I did really want to try to help you out with this one. However, I checked your profile and was unable to tell if you are in the U.S., Canada, or somewhere else.
When it comes to dealing with schools, this can make a big difference.
Even the one question that I do feel comfortable answering for you, is something that is different in different parts of the U.S. where children are NOT allowed to carry their meds.
My PA son started school at the age of 3-3/4.
It was a requirement of his school, that he wear a fanny pack (he now has an Epi-belt, much better! [img][/img] ) with his Epi-pen in it on his body. It wasn't expected, and still isn't that he would be able to administer it to himself, but the school wanted the Epi-pen THAT close in case it was required. There is also a second Epi-pen kept in the school. This information is Canadian specific.
I really feel I could be of some more help to you with specific questions that you had, if I knew if you were from the U.S. or Canada. If you don't feel comfortable posting it here, please contact me by e-mail.
Also, I highly recommend that you read ANY 504 Plans that are posted on this board, under this Section. Rilira's 26 point 504 Plan has been implemented for her child in the U.S. vic has also recently posted her 504 Plan also on this board. Of course, 504 Plans are U.S. specific.
As far as Canadian information, there is much of that to be found as well.
Also, you have to know what your basic requirements for your child are. Do you require that the cafeteria not serve pb sandwiches? Do you require a "peanut free" classroom for your child? What are YOUR requirements of the school where your child will be attending?
The 504 Plans are great reading, whether you are in the U.S. or not. But, again, I really think for people to be able to help you out with this one, they need some guidance. Different people in different states of the U.S. may have been able to get things implemented that people in other states couldn't.
Oh, and although it was the school's request that my son wear his Epi-belt at such a young age, I felt totally comfortable with it. I also felt comfortable with him wearing a MedicAlert bracelet at that age. I believe the younger children begin wearing MedicAlert bracelets and carrying their Epi-pens, the more these items become part and parcel of who they are and I'm hoping the less likely they will be to be ashamed of them in the future.
Again, please contact me off-the-board, if you would like, if only to tell me what country you're in, and perhaps even State and Province. I may know some fellow board members that live in those States or Provinces that could help you a lot!
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2001 - 9:39pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I know our school will never ban peanuts. It's just not going to work, so a friend of mine (parent of a PA child) has been working on the lunchroom situation. The principal wants to very careful to make the PA child feel very included in what's going on, but at the same time ensuring precautions are taken in regard to safety. Right now he's organizing a peanut-free lunch table with a twist. Read the letter below:
Dear Parents,
Another student in your child's classroom has been identified with an allergy to peanuts. This can be a serious and life-threatening thing if precautions are not taken. Our school has taken all the necessary actions and has personnel and the equipment needed to handle any reaction.
In order to place the child at a further advantage we are asking if you would be willing to have your child sit at a peanut-free table or (table section) in order to further diminish the chance for that child any contact with peanuts or peanut by-products. What that would mean is that you would be making a commitment that any child sitting in that table area would not be having peanut products as part of their lunch. (The children sitting at this table/table section would not bring in peanuts, peanut butter, crackers or any product containing preanuts.) This would provide a safer environment and one where the child would not feel isolated.
Please indicate below your willingness to have your child be one that could sit in the peanut-free lunch area. There is no issue whatsoever if you choose not to volunteer for this. The lunch time table arrangement will provide all the same precautions and monitoring that we normally provide to ensure safety.
__ Yes, I am willing to have my child join a peanut-free table group and will not pack any foods that contain peanuts or peanut by-products. I also maintain the right to reconsider this decision at any point in the future and will notify the school nurse and building principal of any desire to change from this.
_________________ (child's name)
_________________ (parent signature)
_________________ (date)
The principal did mention he may plan on sending this out several times during the year because parents do forget. I thought this letter was a nice change of pace because it tries to include other parents in learning about the allergy, as well as managing it. When parents feel included and are asked to help a child feel included in a group, they may take better to some of these peanut-free ideas. Of course, there are no guarantees, but I'll post on how this is working out this year for my friend's child as the school year progresses.

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