I just recently enrolled my son into kindergarten just to find out that PB&J sandwiches are a regular part of their menu, my son has a serious peanut allergy and I need to find an alternative school or find a way to convince them to drop PB from the menu. So far I have been unable to find a Peanut free school in Sacramento CA. Any suggestions?
In response to the original question in this thread, Courtyard Private School in Midtown Sacramento is a peanut free campus. All foods in the lunch menu, snacks and classroom party items are free of peanut allergens.77851
Woofwoof, DocLowery WOW, I think what you don't understand it isn't just that the child can't eat a PB&J they could go into anaphylactic shock coming in contact with a surface that has peanut oil from where the sandwich touch the table. The can go into shock if another chile wants to share a cookie made by a company that process cookies without nuts on the same machine that processes one with nuts. There are so many things you may not understand without researching. I only recently learned about this after finding out that a friends child has this terrible food allergy to all tree nuts. Imagine the fear of a parent with this allergy. It isn't just peanuts its any tree nut coconuts, and so many more. My little guy loves PB& J but we just eat them at home. Another child's life isn't worth the risk. Just try to put yourself in their shoes. I recently looked at the box of cookies I was going to send for snack it was famous amos cookies but had to put them back and sent chips ahoy because they process without cross contamination. Just trying to let you know a little of what I have recently learned. My kids don't have allergies to foods but I will certainly do what I can I really don't think it is to much to ask to keep all or kids safe while they are in school. I would do it for any child even if I didn't know the family and just knew that a child within our school had an allergy. Best Regards83410
I am truly concerned by the comments I have read here. Are all of you so blissfully unaware of how uneducated you are on the topic of nut allergies? A nut allergy is a medical issue above and beyond that of us "educating" our children. Nut oils are invisible and can even be airborne and are COMPLETELY UNAVOIDABLE! I don't care how well educated you are, you cannot teach your child to keep away from the nut oils you have your child spreading all over the table. Are you that selfish that you would expose a small child to nut oils just so your kid could eat pb&j at school? This is not hard people. Just skip the nuts! I can't imagine that when all of the kids end up homeschooled because public schools aren't safe, you are not going to also be the ones saying, "homeschooled kids are so weird." Gee thanks for the empathy for these families! Get on Google and do some research before you add these insanely uneducated comments and please grow up!83774
By the way, an epipen doesn't always save a life. There is story after story of kids dying due to epipens being given too late or not at all by schools and camps. In some cases numerous epipens still don't work! The best advice is always to avoid a reaction. How can they do that when you need your God given right to eat nuts? These are children. They need to be protected and the nuts can be ommited without issue. IF there is a case of a child NEEDING nuts let me know. 83775
I hate being negative in any manner, but I feel the need to speak up here. Invisible disabilities are just as real and deserve the same amount of care, concern, caution and accommodations as would be given to any other disabled child at a school. Fortunately, my child does not have any food allergies, so peanut butter is a staple in our home, and in her lunch box. It is absolutely NOT only the parents' problem if their child has a severe allergy, and even trace amounts of oils passed from hand to table, to pencil to allergic child or airborne contaminants can cause a life-threatening reaction. If a child is a paraplegic and has a motored wheelchair, but the school doesn't have ramps for ingress and egress, is it then solely that child's parents' responsibility/problem to either homeschool him or build the ramps themselves. What if the ramps are deemed too expensive, an eyesore, in the way, or just simply disliked because they're different that what the plaintiff is used to? Is the child in the wheelchair asked to leave? NO! He isn't. There's this little civil rights act called the ADA that provides for situations such as these. If you need to brush up on this lovely little piece of legislation, here is the link: http://www.pacer.org/publications/adaqa/school.asp
In other words, maybe those who are so callus as to disregard the safety of others are the ones who should pull their kids from school for homeschooling and separate them from their school, classmates, teachers, routine, and more! I would never wish for any human to have any one (or even suffer from for one single day!) with any of the (no joke) 9 rare, debilitating, exhausting, dangerous and - yes - INVISIBLE disabilities that I personally suffer from. When I read comments like some in this thread, it makes me fervently wish that the ignorant authors of the rude and insensitive comments could at least have had enough life experience To help them to feel even a shred of empathy. To the parents simply trying to keep your child(ren) safe, just keep on advocating for what is best for YOUR child. It is absolutely not unreasonable that a public school should offer - at the very least - a safe environment for each and every one of her students. I'm sending you all out some good, peanut-free juju to you to help you stay strong and prevail in this battle.84704
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