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Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 12:04am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

I think that the peanut free table has worked well for my child. He feels less "on edge" knowing that PBJ isn't next to him. At his YMCA after Kindergarden program, the kids actually began asking their parents not to pack PBJ so they could sit with my son. He boasted that his table was the only one with a window--also, they seemed to have a ton of empathy for him and didn't want to make him sick.
He has handled his allergy very well and I am so proud of him!

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 12:08am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I think this thread offers a great perspective on how sometimes different families need to handle pa in different ways to meet the emotional and "physical" needs of their pa kids.
To me, it illustrates why a "one size fits all" approach to managing pa in school may not be good for all kids.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 12:15am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
To me, it illustrates why a "one size fits all" approach to managing pa in school may not be good for all kids.
Just hypothetically speaking:
But would you go so far to say that placing a known pa child (?or adult?), regardless of past history of reaction, but with a confirmed peanut allergy, to eat at a table where people are consuming peanut butter in close proximity is a "no-no"?
[b]Contraindicated, even[/b]?
Again, just hypothetically speaking. I mean, would you say that even Spectrum Issues have ends on either side?
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited August 17, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2004 - 12:20am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi Marlene5:
I don't know whether or not they can force you to have a peanut free table. If they did try and "force" you, I would be asking them whether they make children w/other allergies sit alone as well.
One thing I would be prepared with is sort of an "action plan" of what your child is prepared to do, to keep themselves relatively safe. I would also give them examples of other activities your child is involved in where she safely navigates similar situations.
My son is going into 2nd grade and he sits at a regular table with everyone else. The main thing that he does is either to 1)lay down a napkin as a "placemat" or 2)just zips open his lunchbox and eats directly out of the lunch box. He also looks to see what the kids around him are eating and moves a space over if someone directly next to him is eating PB. Most of the kids that he knows fairly well will sit accordingly. (ie, if they have PB they might sit across from him as opposed to next to him).
This has worked well for us. He also knows that he is to alert a teacher/staff member immediately if he feels uncomfortable.
When he went into 1st grade I explained to him that this would only work if I could trust him to take care of it himself. (I happen to volunteer a lot at school, so I can often see what is going on.) He really HATES when his PA is made an issue, he much prefers to deal w/it quietly, and I must he was great about it in 1st grade.
Good luck to you and keep us posted,

Posted on: Tue, 08/24/2004 - 7:56am
Jodi's picture
Joined: 10/28/2000 - 09:00

I am currently in the process of setting up my PA son's 504 with his school. We actually have our first meeting tomorrow. He came home from school today and said that they were serving PB sandwiches in the cafeteria today and that the lunch staff made him go sit in the office to eat his lunch as they didn't want him near the other PB eating kids. He was not real happy about it. The serve PB sandwiches about 3 times during the whole year so it isn't something that would happen all too often. But, I guess this will be a topic of our discussion tomorrow!

Posted on: Tue, 08/24/2004 - 9:49am
falcon's picture
Joined: 07/03/2004 - 09:00

At my son's school, there are three 1st grade classrooms. They eat lunch in their classrooms. My son's classroom is peanut free. The other two classrooms provide a peanut table, NOT a peanut free table. Everyone with peanut/nut products sits at that table. Everyone else sits at any other table. The reasoning behind this was that it would be easier to know where it was necessary to be extra thorough when cleaning after lunch. Otherwise there would be a greater chance that something would be missed.
The reason all 3 classes follow this procedure, is because the classes mix frequently for a variety of reasons. The teachers thought it would be too risky for my son to move between rooms if peanuts and nuts were uncontrolled. This worked well for us and did not run the risk of isolating anyone. I was so relieved that the teachers were so sensitive to the possibility of risk. My son is sensitive to airborne, contact, and ingestion.

Posted on: Tue, 08/24/2004 - 1:05pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

That happened a couple times to my son, too, where he was moved (alone) to a different room to eat.
In one way, I appreciated their concern. If they really thought the situation wasn't safe for him, then I'm glad they removed him. The discomfort he experienced was at least better than having him in a dangerous situation.
In my opinion, if it is a rare occurence, in response to unexpected situation ( in this case something went wrong with the steamers/heaters and they had to have a cold lunch delivered unexpectedly) it is tolerable, but they really should have asked at least one or two of my son's friends to go with him.
Maybe you could ask your school, in the future, to let your child choose a couple friends who have safe lunches to join him. Good luck.


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