Field trip with chick fil a

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2008 - 10:09am
Prentice's picture
Joined: 02/06/2008 - 16:25

Hello I have a second grader with severe pa. His whole second grade has planned a field trip(about an hour away from school) and planned a lunch. There were two choices for lunch, Chick fila and Wendys. My wife expressed to the teacher that Chickfila was not a good choice due to the refined peanut oil they use. They chose Chickfila because it was the cheaper of the two. The teacher and principal have said that my son could bring his lunch or they would buy him something at Wendys, and they would make sure everyone washes their hands and he could sit away from the other kids. Why would you plan a trip that would include going to a place that could kill one of your students?? We have not decided if he will go on this trip.

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 5:01am
TeddyAlly's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

I feel for you! Dd's school has "Chick Fil A" night where everyone is supposed to go and support the school and a portion of sales go back to the school. I brought it to the principal's attention that Chik Fil A uses refined peanut oil and we will not be participating and they should let parents know about Chik Fil A using refined peanut oil expecially those with nut allergic children...this was months ago and I have yet to get a reply from the principal!
I personally would take my child on the field trip, but not let her/him ride the bus or play with any other kids after lunch. I would have my child ride with me, stay with me, and act as though he was not even a part of the school for that time (not out of rudness, but out of safety) Keep child away from other kids after lunch. Best of luck to you!!

Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2008 - 8:35am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

I don't think that I would allow my child to attend. If I was in your position and they allowed me to go and drive him I would consider it. And that would still be a definate maybe.
I think that their decision to go with cheaper over saftey is a very poor one. Just how much of a savings could it possibly be? .50 cents? $1? (not that I am actually looking for an answer). They are simply not choosing the "right" thing to do IMO, and it surprised me to read that the Principal agreed with the "cheaper" option.

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 9:42am
betsyt's picture
Joined: 01/01/2007 - 09:00

My son and other PA kids we know are able to eat at Chick-fil-A without any issues. Of course everyone's situation is unique and only you can decide what is right for you and your family.
Use this link to read our post about [url=""]eating at Chick-fil-A[/url] on our son's peanut allergy treatment study blog site. Most of the e-mails and comments we received on this story were positive saying they found the information helpful.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 3:57am
janbiv2's picture
Joined: 02/12/2004 - 09:00

I don't blame you for being upset! Given the choice between the two, isn't keeping all the kid safe more important than cost? Sheesh! And now your son is supposed to sit away from all the kids? This is just wrong on so many levels!
Is there any way you can get them to change their minds?
BTW, my PA son ate at chick-fil-a for the first time over the summer while we were on vacation. We have no chick-fil-a restaurants near where I live, and in fact I had never even heard of it! LOL! I had NO IDEA their food was cooked in peanut oil! And shame on me, I never asked. I guess I just figured it was a another typical fast food restaurant, and what fast food restaurant cooks with peanut oil these days?
I noticed on their web site they say their chicken nugget and fries packages are labelled, but I didn't see anything, so it could not have been labelled well.
And even though my son did not have a reaction, and apparently other children haven't either as stated in the previous post, we will not be visiting any chick-fil-a's in the future. Too risky in my opinion...if there is even a 1% chance of a reaction, that would be too chancy for me...
If I were you, I would do some letter the principal and the superintendant of schools. Your child should not be made to feel like an outcast while on a class field trip. I swear, these schools just make my blood boil. It's always about their own convienance. Just makes me so mad!!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:17am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

Oh and may I add...that if they stick to their decision and you opt to not have your child attend, I would have them agree that he is NOT to be marked absent and that he would be excused from completing any homework assignment revolved around the activity.
The more I think about it, I believe that I would not allow my child to attend, I would take off work and have our own personalized field trip that day.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:28am
MommyOfTwo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2007 - 09:44

I was thinking the same thing! I would not send him to school that day and would take a personal day off work and head off to have your own field trip some place fun! I didn't think about the being marked abscent though.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 7:52am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son went thru the same thing a couple of months ago. A field trip 60 miles away and a picnic lunch where other kids could bring pbj. If it rained they would have to eat on the bus. And to kick it off no parents were allowed. They said there were not enough tickets to the play. (I called and there were extra!) I could not in good conscience let me son go. I was not happy about it, and told the school, but my son is a minority. And to top it off another parent said if her child could not bring a pbj that she would hire a lawyer and call the local news. I was so scared and upset I took him myself.
It is a constant battle to keep your child safe. People just do not understand the severity of LTFA! When I speak up I am considered nit picky. Not only do some of these people not understand how to keep a child safe, they do not understand that they are discriminating against our children.
I have decided before our next 504 meeting that I am going to call the OCR. You might want to do the same. I hear they can give you good advice. Read up on 504's and IDEA, and LRE on the internet. I have, and I have learned alot. I wish I could give you some better advice. I will say this, when in doubt, don't do it.
I would not let my child eat chick-fil-a either!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:17am
Ivycosmo's picture
Joined: 09/18/2007 - 09:00

I would also be very upset. Choosing saving (a small amount of) money over a child's life is INSANE to me.
That having been said: We just took my DS to a new allergist in Boston and the doctor said "you don't [i]actually[/i] believe that he can't eat peanut oil, do you?". Of course I did, but he told me that peanut oil is pure fat, no proteins, so PA children can eat it with no problems. However, he then said that some cold-pressed oils [i]do[/i] have proteins in it. As a parent, I would keep my son away from any restaurant that uses pn oil. I could just never trust that it was not the [i]wrong[/i] kind of pn oil. I wonder what other pa parents think about that.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:21am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

I agree I wouldn't risk it. My allergy is so severe that I started having a mild reaction (head ache, stomach cramps, etc)when I am around foods cooked in pn oils. I am also contact sensitive to both pn and tn

Posted on: Tue, 02/12/2008 - 8:19pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

oh, the eternal oil question!
for us if the oil if refined peanut oil,( which is more likely for a chain restaurant to use)then we have no problem eating the food.
as for the school trip, would not be happy with schools attitude.
apart from pa allergy veiw, not that good for other medical condidtions either.
I certainly wouldnt like a school to promote junk food eating in their children.
And as for big mouthed p butter loving parent, what a cow!


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