My son is switching schools. I\'m up at 4:30 AM.

Posted on: Sun, 04/20/2008 - 8:42pm
packrat's picture
Joined: 10/09/2001 - 09:00

I am up because I can't stop thinking about the school my son is switching to. He is in the third grade and he will be attending a local elementary school. The main concern I have is that the school serves pb and jelly every day as an alternative meal. I spoke to the principal and he mentioned eliminating it all together. I spoke to the nurse and mentioned the sunbutter alternative and she seemed to think that would pose a risk to kids with sunflower seed allergies. Um. Well, if any children were allergic to sunflower seeds then don't do it, but if not you have an alternative option. Otherwise I hope they would just eliminate it all together. I have a meeting with them tomorrow, well in a few hours now. I hope the principal recommends eliminating it all together. I really hope he enforces that.
Pray for us yall!

Posted on: Mon, 04/21/2008 - 3:13am
Krusty Krab's picture
Joined: 04/20/2007 - 09:00

Well, your concern is for your peanut allergic child. Don't let them deter you away from the case at hand...[i]yours[/i].
Questions, will the school ban children from bringing in PB as well? Do you have an allergy action plan in place for your child? People trained on how to [i]recognize[/i] a food allergy reaction? Life saving medications at school and people trained to use them on your child?
I suspect you will get a very clear picture at your meeting as to how much this school actually [i]cares[/i] about your son and his PA. You'll either get the brush off, the 'oh yes we'll try our best' and then forget all about the trying part, or they will actually have spines and seek to protect the child in need of protecting.
Let us know how it goes.

Posted on: Mon, 04/21/2008 - 4:44pm
Angeliquesmom's picture
Joined: 12/07/2007 - 11:58

Hi! I'm in Memphis also and my daughter attends Shelby County Schools. We went through hell in the beginning of the year with the school regarding my daughters PA. We finially got a acceptable plan but the school is still not Peanut Free. I would love to see them get rid of peanuts all together though. I think Sun Butter is an excellent idea and the federal government will pay for the school to change to sunbutter. I agree with you that sunflower is not a common allergy. It sounds like we have the same her name Barbera by any chance? lol...Please let me know how things go for you. If things work out maybe I could get our school to go Peanut Free also..that would be great!
Good Luck tomorrow!!!

Posted on: Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:45am
mom2landz's picture
Joined: 04/30/2008 - 16:32

I just wanted to add a little bit to this. My son is PA and we have been struggling with how safe he is at school. I just found out yesterday that every Tuesday--the only day he stays for lunch--his friend eats a pb&j!!
Anyway, I just wanted to share that our youngest, only 1 1/2, was just diagnosed yesterday with a sunflower seed allergy and has to have an epipen. We've been Sunbutter fans since our son's diagnosis, but hadn't really given it to our little one too often--thank goodness. She's not exactly at the sandwich age. The last time she had a bite of it she was covered in hives and had to have Benedryl. Unfortunately, after meeting with our allergist, sunflower allergy is rising and acting just like peanut allergy. I know it's not nearly as rampant as PA, but it's just as serious.
I just wanted to share this with you, because even though it's not very common, it's just like your child's PA. I know full well what you are going through--trying to get peanut out of the school--we want the same for our son's school, but please don't discount the seriousness of sunflower allergy.
I wish that I had some advice for you. We are in the same situation with our two little ones and just as bewildered on what we can do to educate adults and kids alike.
I'm new here and I don't want to ignite any anger, just wanted to share my story.

Posted on: Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:48am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

mom2landz, I hope you don't feel upset about sharing your dd's sunflower seed allergy. As parents of children with ltfa we understand the need for protection for all students with ltfa's no matter which food is the cause. Now is a good time to start a file re: test scores, need for epi, letters from allergist re: the seriousness of the allergy and the growing amount of allergic people for when she starts school.

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