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Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 12:04am
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Joined: 10/01/2002 - 09:00

Becca--I agree with you. I teach and very seldom give food as a reward. There are many other (safe) things to reward them with.

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 12:13am
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At my son's school (K-5) all staff members have First Aid/CPR training. This is a certified course, but I'm not sure who they have train them (could be the city or St. John's). Re-certified every two years.
I like this idea because no matter who my son is with (insect allergy) there is an adult who knows what an epi-pen is and has been trained how to use it.
BTW, there are certain parts of the first aid/cpr course that are *optional*. Usually the instructor will ask the students why they are taking the course and will then teach the *optional* components that best relate to their personal needs. Epi training was part of the *optional*. I verified that all the staff members were specifically trained on the epi. And, my son who teaches this course ALWAYS includes epi-training. (He says it's such a simple little thing to teach that people think they'll never need - then POOF your mom gets in a fight with a peanut and life is never the same [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 12:56am
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by sport:
[b] I just wondered who at other schools keeps the medicine and is responsible for showing others how to use it?? [/b]
In part, some of the things I wondered too.
In part, due to some of the [i]firm[/i]answers I received (or in some cases, lack of), some of the reasons why I homeschool.

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 1:40am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

We are fortunate because 1.) we have a full-time RN, and since 2.) no food is allowed in DD's classroom the emphasis on food has shifted away to more "creative thinking". I'm very happy with our school situation. These two factors have made a tremendous difference in our quality of life.
My biggest complaint would probably be the slow moving school "administrative culture" (for lack of a better word). It takes forever to make any changes, which often involves an endless process "of moving up the channels". This slow, "unresponsive response" is the accepted standard. Unlike the "private" or competitive sector where a customer's request is usually attended to immediately (or I'll take my business elsewhere thank you), the school's attitude has always seemed more centered on the complicated channels and administrative paperwork rather than the heart of the true issue at hand. I suppose that is the nature of the beurocratic beast.
I believe that it takes tons of persistence when working with a school, and that at some point it undoubtedly will feel [b]adversarial[/b]. But that conflict will subside. That's the nature of the "school process" in my experience. So stay positive, firm and persistent. You will prevail by working through it, especially if you accept that you are the one who must make it happen.

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 3:13pm
ElizabethsMom's picture
Joined: 04/17/1999 - 09:00

We too are very happy with our school situation and have received tremendous support from faculty, staff and parents. We're thankful to be so lucky.
Despite that, I would like to see a move away from food as a standard companion to children's activities. It is dangerous for food-allergic children and creates incredibly bad nutritional habits. After all, when was the last time a third-grader asked to take grapes as a birthday treat?



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