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My pa ds is 4 yrs old and in his 2nd yr of preschool. He is allowed to eat the snack that they have everyday and for special treats I alway have something in the freezer at the school. The school has from 3yr old to 2nd grade. Last year there were 11 or 12 children with peanut allergies.

On Friday we receive a letter home in his backpack about peanut allergies and snacks. I was happy that it was sent home, but a little annoyed that the school didn't ask for my input before they sent it to all the parents.

This is the letter, what would your response be? Would you be happy or annoyed or a little of both. ------------------------------------------

Dear Parents, This year in our class we have a child with severe allergies to tree nuts and peanuts(plus any derivatives of these products). As teachers, we feel it is necessary to pass this information on to you because we know that many parents like to send in a snack for the class on special occasions. We must be sure that these snacks are safe for the allergic child. We also want the allergic child to be included in all activities and celebrations whenever possible. When sending in a snack this year, please send ONLY the items listed on this page. Pay close attention to the brand names for it is only these brands that are safe for this allergic child. We know that if you were the parent of an allergic child, you would appreciate the help of other parents and teachers. ***If your child eats any peanut/ peanut butter products before coming to school he/she needs to wash arms from elbows down, hands, face and brush teeth before coming to XXXXX.

Then a list of safe snacks is provided.

*Important: due to continual changes in manufacturer packaging and processing, please read the ingredient label of your snack even if chosen from this list to ensure that it does not contain any of the following: peanut/nut butter, peanut/nut oil, peanut/nut flour, peanut/nut meal or any statement like: may contain traces of peanut/nuts or "manufactured in a facility that also processes peanut or other nuts.

We appreciate your support and thank you in advance for understanding. The XXXXXX staff.

On Oct 1, 2006

I would be absolutely thrilled!! This is the type of letter and understanding I have to push so hard for.

On Oct 1, 2006

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On Oct 2, 2006

Did you agree with the list they provided?

The letter looks great.

On Oct 2, 2006

The letter itself seems wonderful. If I were you, I would have liked to have had input into the food list (I just re-did our schools). But other than that...FABULOUS!

On Oct 2, 2006

I'm just hoping that when it comes time for my PA son to go to school that he has a teaching staff like this! Wow, wonderful.

It looks like they did consult someone who was a parent of a PA kid. Maybe with so many in the school they chose someone whose kids had been there awhile to help draft the letter.

Amy

On Oct 2, 2006

As long as the list meets your approval, I agree that the letter is great. But I do understand that maybe you just wanted to consulted before it went home.

On Oct 2, 2006

I really think that the letter is wonderful and am very happy that they sent it out. I just wish they had let me know that they were going to do it.

Overall the snack list looked good. There were a few things on it that we haven't had before so I will have to check those out.

Hopefully we will have as much success next year when he starts public Kindergraten otherwise, we might have to keep him at this school.

------------------ Erin, mom to: Connor 4yrs: PA Maeve 2yrs: NKA

On Oct 2, 2006

I love letters like that. It keeps people aware of the seriousness of FAs.

But........it doesn't matter what gets sent to dd's class. Unless I personally OK the item, she's NOT eating it. NO MATTER WHAT!'

The teacher is aware of "my" policy, and nobody else needs to know. The snacks are still peanut/nut free but I still have the final say. (grade 4)

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