Hey everyone

Posted on: Tue, 04/07/2009 - 9:30am
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Hey everyone-

I'm new here and my 3 year old daughter is allergic to peanuts. Not only to ingesting them, but also airborne. The airborne allergy makes it really difficult to do alot things. For example: going to the grocery store. Its not like I have to administer the epi=pen but she turns beat red and gets into a horrible mood. Even though the airborne allergy is not as severe as ingesting, it is making it really difficult to enroll her in pre-school. The school allows kids to bring in snacks containing peanuts and my wife and I are worried. The school brought up the 504 plan. If anybody has a child with the airborne allergy or if you do, can you help me out with trying to cope with this. Or by pointing me in a direction I would appreciate any info. Thank You

Posted on: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 11:32pm
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I would look for a home babysitting situation. A regular preschool will have children bringing in peanut products. I don't know if preschools have to abide by the same rules as grade schools:
http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=58#comments - When a School Refuses to Protect a Child with Life-threatening Allergies …06/12/08, by Pam Wright -
Gloucester County Public Schools is fortunate that OCR intervened. If this child, or another child, had a fatal allergic reaction after the school team refused to accommodate her well-documented allergic condition, they would be in very hot water. Consider the probability that a fatal allergic reaction would be witnessed by her classmates.
If you have a child with a peanut and tree allergy (PTA), you may need to educate your school district about the severity and unpredictable nature of these allergies. This OCR Resolution letter should help your district understand their legal responsibilities under Section 504. Learn more about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Comment:...It is critical that school districts across the USA *quickly* come to the realization and acceptance that students with LTFA (LIFE THREATENING food allergies) absolutely qualify under Section 504 for accommodations. Nothing less. An IHP or IHCP is NOT “good enough”.
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I would say that if your child has a fatal food allergy, the school cannot allow snack food - peanuts in the same room as your child. You cannot allow your child to attend any preschool that does.

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