How did you approach your child\'s school and how accomodating have they been?

Posted on: Thu, 05/01/2003 - 2:16am
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How did you approach your school? Did you have a procedure/approach in mind as to how you were going to handle it? Did you have a plan in your mind as to what you were going to say when you met? With whom did you first meet? For those who don't have successful stories about their school experience, what was your method and how different is it from other who have posted in this thread who have success storeis? Was there one specific person on staff or in the community who was your main opposition? How did you handle it?

We have had a great deal of success with our school and I'll post at another time.

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Posted on: Fri, 05/02/2003 - 3:43am
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We recently moved to Wisconsin from Indiana. This school year was my pa son's first in "real" school. He is in Kindergarten. I have been so very lucky with this school! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I first spoke with the principal, then met with the school nurse. He is half day, and they do have snack time. This year has been uneventful, thank goodness. And, the school has worked with me every step of the way. We drafted a letter to all the Kindergarten classes to be passed out to parents. My son is one of only 3 students in all grades with this allergy. I just met last week after the principal called me to set it up for preparing for school lunch time next year! I met with the principal, school nurse, and the head of the food services. They all came very prepared and knowledged on the allergy. They thanked me for being so proactive and informative as well. I am speaking at the next school board meeting to discuss a request of removing peanut and peanut butter products from the menu. The food service rep. told me she has no problem removing these items, and all felt the school board will concur! You could have knocked me over with a feather. I told my husband I was planning on asking them to remove it, but we both thought it was a long shot. Guess not! They also are going to have a peanut free table for my son to eat at with other students who will be taking part of PAL> PROTECT A LIFE. It is a program that comes from kids food allergy net that encourages kids who have friends that are food allergic to take part in keeping them safe. They are also going to set up some sort of wipe station, for kids to wipe hands off when leaving to go to recess. With all of these steps in place, the only worry now is those who bring their lunches. It is not a peanut free school, but they will be eliminating it from the menu. I am so pleased with the help this school has shown. I hang up poster boards in the school, and classroom. And parents of my sons classroom, are all helpful when planning parties etc... I know how lucky I am, and I hope others will read this and know with some initiative, it can happen. From day one of moving here, I have had great support, and willingness to make things safer for my son. It is so important to meet with the key people right away, and show them all the information you have about PA. I have tons, as do all of you, and I am learning more every day. Information and communication is key. Hope this helps.

Posted on: Fri, 05/02/2003 - 3:56am
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My DD's school was very understanding and accomodating, even doing more than I asked or expected. She's in a pre-K program, half days, so we only have to deal with special events and snack time. I just told them about her allergy when we met with the teachers, and they made her classroom (which she doesn't leave except for outdoor play) peanut free, with a big sign stating this on the door. Her teacher asked for a list of foods to avoid because of cross contamination issues and she knows how to read labels (and does so for all the snacks). There is a full-time nurse at the school who is also aware of the allergy (and called recently to remind me that Claire's epi-pen expires this month). At the beginning of the school year, the school sent around a letter to all parents telling them that there were children (so Claire isn't the only one!) with this allergy and the parents had to sign a form stating that they had read the letter and would not send in snacks for the whole class with peanuts or peanut butter. There is a table in the lunchroom that is peanut-free.
Sarah

Posted on: Fri, 05/02/2003 - 4:09am
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The private school we had selected for ds flatly told us that if we raised issues about the PA, that they would pick another kid instead of ours. My issue was that the epipens are locked in the nurse's office, and the nurse leaves the school at lunchtime to go to an outside restaurant. The replacement has no training whatsoever.
The second school told us that they have plenty of experience dealing with allergies. After all, most of the kids are allergic to dust, aren't they?
We chose to homeschool, thank you

Posted on: Fri, 05/02/2003 - 6:05am
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Laurensmom, when our PA DS first started Kindergarten, we went to the principal with no real plan. I can't even remember what I had intended when we first set up the meeting. I think it may have been a PN free classroom, she offered us a PN "safe" classroom so we wouldn't have a false sense of security. That meant she suggested the parents think about possibly not sending in PN products (could that be more wishy-washy?). This principal did not like to cause waves at all. She even refused to get a fence put up around our field and playground because a vocal parent opposed the idea (never mind that 80% of the parents desparately wanted it).
After our sons 1st anaphylactic reaction early in grade 2, I approached the new principal and said I need the school to be PN free. She said OK and we worked out the details and the plan to educate the students, staff, and parents.
There have been bumps in the road, but it has worked out great. We couldn't be more thrilled with the set-up.
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Posted on: Fri, 05/02/2003 - 6:06am
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We have had a pleasant experience with our local school system. It is VERY early in the game (PA son starts kindergarten in the Fall), but so far, I have a great feeling that we will have a wonderful school year. This has been our experience thus far

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