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?
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
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 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
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
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
Hi Ladies, I am interested in starting a coalition to bring nut free schools to every county. I am also a mother of a 3 year old who suffers from several food allergies, peanut being the most severe. I current have him in a private peanut free school but do not feel we as parents should have to pay for our children's education.. Also, I do not know of any school in Maryland that caters to children with allergies past the 5th grade. I am sort of outraged and am looking at making it my life's mission to help these kids and educate others on the seriousness of this issue. If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My sons have severe peanut allergies, and what I have learned is that you have to take charge and trust people with do the right thing when you guide them. I have had them in private and public schools, and there is no 100% safe environment. Most of our trouble came when we thought things were safe, and stopped checking. Regarding lunch, we have nut free tables at our elementary school. The teachers check that nuts do not get to that table, and the other kids are pretty vigilant about checking, too. They have special cloths to wipe those tables, so they don't get mixed with the other tables. Then, the kids wash their hands after they eat. Have a conference with your teacher, and I also recommend getting a 504 document completed by the special ed staff (allergies are a disability, and public schools are required to make accommodations to keep your son safe). Keep in mind, snacks will be coming into the classroom, too. Hand washing with soap is essential. Good luck!77241
A 7 year old girl recently died of peanut at Virginia school. How do you think your child will feel if they contribute to the dealth of another child because of peanut they brought to school. Kids are caring and will protect another child, so adult are the problem with this. See 504 Plan for help.
Question: What Is a 504 plan? Answer: The "504" in "504 plan" refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling. "Disability" in this context refers to a "physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities." This can include physical impairments; illnesses or injuries; communicable diseases; chronic conditions like asthma, allergies and diabetes; and learning problems. A 504 plan spells out the modifications and accommodations that will be needed for these students to have an opportunity perform at the same level as their peers, and might include such things as wheelchair ramps, blood sugar monitoring, an extra set of textbooks, a peanut-free lunch environment, home instruction, or a tape recorder or keyboard for taking notes. 77232
Dear WorriedFather, I feel for you. We have a little one with a severe nut allergy and it's all new to us. So I'm still learning. We started him in preschool and I have the same concerns. I'm learning that it's not so much whether the school is nut free or not ,it's how educated the teaching staff is and how quick they are to respond to an emergency. If the school staff is not educated on the severity of the allergies, then it doesn't matter whether the school is safe or not. Obviously as a parent a nut free school sounds great, but again it comes down to the school staff. This is the first blog I have responded to because I'm amazed at the stupidity of some people like this comment on the blog "Be a parent and stopping asking everyone to conform because you have problems. It's no one's problem but the parents. The school is there to teach whether it's English or Health not enforce what parents and doctors are responsible for."
I'm appauld by this statement. It is not the parents fault or my child's fault you moron. When a child has a food allergy that food is considered poison to them. I'm not home schooling my child because yours can't live without peanut butter for 5 meals a week. Your need to have your right to eat peanut butter does not trump the fact that it could kill my child. The food allergy is not my problem, it's morons who think like you are the problem. Since you don't have a child with food allergies I suggest you stop writing about topics you obviously don't understand. I feel bad for your children to be raised by such ignorance. If I knew something could harm another child, I would do everything I could to help keep them safe. Sorry your need to eat peanut butter trumps keeping a child safe!
I know unless you yourself or your child has a food allergy you can not understand everything that goes into keeping your child safe. In our society food is everywhere!!! It is a lot harder then I ever imagined. Until my child is old enough to understand his allergies we are his protector. But I refuse to let this stop him from being able to participate in school or any other activities.
Educate your child and everyone in your life and never assume anything! I keep being amazed at how common sense is not so common and it's discouraging. But one of the bloggers was right. Look on the food allergy network and get all the documentation you need to educate the school and protect your child. Good Luck!!! 77224
I would look into the 504 plan. I school teacher told me about it. I'm told it will 'force' the school to take the allergy seriously and take necessary steps to work with your family and the allergy.
As for these people that are 'bothered' by the fact that a school may be peanut free or remove peanuts items from the menu, GET REAL! We are talking about a child that has a serious allergy. We make accomodations for people with disabilities, we ban smoking in places, and do much more in this world to accomodate people with needs. This is a potentially life threatening illness for a child and you people are mad because your child likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and now may not be able to eat them. How very very selfish.... 73893
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