How many have had an \"approved food list\" work?

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 2:00am
perpetually perplexed's picture
Joined: 02/12/2005 - 09:00

After reading another topic, I began wondering about approved food list. How many of you have actually had this work? not work? Is there a secret in getting all the parents to work with you on this?

It has been my experience in 3 schools and 9 teachers later that it is not 100%. Just at the class Cristmas party alone this year there were 3 "substitute" items brought in. The parents are aware as my child has been with them for 3 years now. Nothing new. but. This has been the case every time but once.


Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 3:26am
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I suppose the answer would depend on how you want the snack list to "work' for you.
5th grade DD is *supposed* to have a pn free classroom. They have a late lunch and do have snack time in the am. I created a safe snack list that was sent home to all the parents. They are only allowed to send in items off this list for their children to eat in the classroom and this includes bday treats.
Does everyone, everyday ONLY bring one of the 75 items on our list? I doubt it. Our teacher is very lackadaisical this year and dd has let me know that it is HER that tells people when they have an unsafe food. Should not be the responsibility of my 10yo, but I glad she is assertive enough to let others know when something is unsafe.
Obviously her teacher is not keeping up on it....but that's a whole other story [img][/img]
Other years the list has worked quite well and the teachers have made sure to take the time to make sure food sent in was from the approved list. They also made sure the list was sent home to everyone periodically as a reminder.
Edited to add: DD still ONLY eats what is sent in from home.
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Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 4:02am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

for me, (I am doing a 504 for my son this month) but after reading peopel that have them and people that don't...I've chosen to NOT provide a safe list of foods. I think it is still too risky, labels change faster then I change my...never mind. But my point being, you just never know. If I wrote Oreos are okay, what about the mom who buys the generic *oreos* those are not safe...I can't put my trust into someone I don't know to make the correct I choose my sons *safe snacks* and leave it at that. (he only eats foods I give him to bring)
PS...edit-I understand this is a list for the *other* kids to bring for themselves....I havn't yet decided on a good way to handle that. I don't agree with a list, so I might be leaning twords *NO* food in the classroom, I was going to see what the school suggested(but have a back up in mind) once we discussed the 504.
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Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 5:02am
lilpig99's picture
Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

I know approved lists work, or seem to work for others, but we have had one too many close calls, and 'oh wells' for my liking. This is not to scare you, but mistakes do happen and for our family, having DD revert back to eating her own snacks was the only way to guarantee future mistakes. Parents were extremely kind and tried very hard to stick to the manufacturers we liked and to read labels. They even complimented me on my thorough letter about DD's food allergies. I thought this year was going to be different, better. It wasn't. Within the second week we had issues with unsafe items. I hate to be a 'downer' but this has been our experience with parents...even parents who you like and are actually [i]trying[/i].
Now, [i]trusting[/i] a teacher to read a label thouroghly is another issue..or so has been for us. When a teacher tells you to your face that um, say...for example (personal story coming here...) that a pumpkin pie, is safe, has no allergy warning, and you walk 2 steps to the pie sitting right there, [i]the pie which the teacher bought herself[/i], pick it up, and within two seconds find the may contain allergy warning statement which lists the very tree nut your child is allergic to,...well then just about all trust leaves your very being in that instant. This was the pie I didn't even know was going to be in the classroom that day. I'm glad that I happened to be in the room at that moment and was able to re-read the label, thankful that the pie was not fed to my daughter. Ya, I realize it was [i]only[/i] a may contain. But we don't allow her to eat may contains....cause might contain. She will now only eat foods from her safe snack bag.
Navigating the schools can be tough....good luck...and big hugs. I hope you find something that you can feel good about! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 6:29am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

I also think the safe snack list is not a safe option for the pa child, if he is going to eat it. Ingredients can change any time. As far as food for others to eat, we have always had a food free room. It is part of her 504 and makes things pretty simple. School policy is only two parties a year and I okay all food brought for those. Again that is in the 504. Now that dd is in middle school, the parties seem to be done. YEAH!!! It makes things so much easier.
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Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 6:34am
caryn's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

We use a safe snack list for my sons kdg class -- though my son does not eat anything except what i provide -- so it works for us -- the parents send in an entire box of safe treats -- i check them once in awhile and the kdg teacher serves one snack a day from this cabinet. so far so good!!! My sons snack is in his backpack in a special box with his picture on it -- he also has a emergency box of treats at school in case i forget.

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