My PA son will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Although his last test showed that he may be on his way to outgrowing the allergy, the allergist still recommends a peanut free classroom since he has reacted so swiftly in the past. Fortunately, his school is willing to do this, but they want me to put together a letter to the parents that they will send out. I would appreciate any criticism any of you would have regarding this letter. Anything I should add or delete?
A child in our K2 class has a severe allergy to peanuts. The allergy of the child is so severe that a reaction could occur via ingesting, touching or even smelling a peanut product which could result in death in a matter of minutes.
All of our staff have been made aware of this situation and have been instruced in the correct procedures to handle a possible emergency. Prevention, of course, is the best approach and, therefore, we are requesting your cooperation in refraining from sending any peanut products to school with your child. We understand this may pose an inconvenience for you, but we trust that you will understand that a child's life is at risk and prevention is the best way around this terrible allergy.
We will be informing the children of this situation and will let them know that they are not allowed to share any food with each other.
We endeavour to make the school a safe environment for all students.
Thank you for your assistance.
Signed, School Director
On Aug 18, 2002
Bringing this up for Tkiamly.
On Aug 19, 2002
Where are you, Gadget? You did a wonderful job on the Principal's letter for my son, and I'm sure your expertise would be helpful here.
Suz-a-loo, you may want to define "peanut products" as Gadget critiqued in the letter for my son, somewhere further down on this board, but still recent. It truly does seem peanut butter is in a class by itself, and some people don't make the connection between peanuts and peanut butter. It seems like a no-brainer for us, yet some people get stuck in a duh loop with this issue.
On Aug 19, 2002
Ryan's Mom - thanks for your input and directing me to your letter. Your letter sounds much more straightforward. I think I will be using a lot of the verbage from your letter in the one that my son's school will be sending out. Thanks again!