Help! I need a lot of advice and suggestions on this.....

Tiffany - posted on 01/05/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )




My daughter turns 5 in January so she will get to start Kindergarten in the fall. She has severe peanut/nut allergies and the school is not nut free. They serve pb and jelly sandwiches. Im scared to death to send her and thought about home schooling her but I run a full-time daycare in my home and dont think it would be possible to do this. Plus it makes me feel guilty if she misses out on the school experience. Ive also talked to the school about going nut free and they just dont ever do anything about it. Any suggestions would be great?


Kay - posted on 01/05/2012




You will probably have to go to the school board with this one. Try to network to find other Moms in your area that have your situation. The public schools must provide an education for every child. You have rights. Consult with your doctor. In addition to a peanut free environment, the school must be prepared to know what to do immediately if she has reaction. You are her advocate. Start asking questions. Try to find another elementary school, it doesn't have to be in your area...any one in your state will do.that has a peanut free policy and ask them how they implemented it. Get your facts. Be politely persistent and don't take no for an answer. There is a solution to your problem and you are not alone.Oh, also search the Internet for answers and networking. This is a well known situation these days . Good luck


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Kymberly - posted on 01/06/2012




our school has many kids with nut allergies and they have a nut free table where kids with allergies can sit. Our teacher knows which kids have allergies and makes sure that at parties there are no nuts and if there are they always have a nut free item for the kids with an allergy.

Bonnie - posted on 01/06/2012




If this school won't do anything about it, which they should, there must be another school that is nut free. My son's school is nut free. They have students with a severe peanut allergy.

Ange - posted on 01/06/2012




Like every one says go to the school board discuss your situation with them and see what they say and can do for you... You also can go to another school that is nut free as long as there are buses that run in your area to the specific school of choice then they will allow you to send you child to that school at least here in Canada Ontario that is way of things

Medic - posted on 01/06/2012




When my son was in school it was not nut free but they had a special area for those that had the allergy to eat. I personally do not think its totally fair to change what other kids eat for one but I do think they need something in place to keep everyone safe. I think when they impeed the rights of others for the rights of one it is not fair but the rights of that one should be protected also if that makes sense.

Barbara - posted on 01/05/2012




I would go to the board, I have never heard of a school not going nut free if there are children with severe allergies, I would think that you are not the only mom that is having this issue with that school, see if there are more mom's that are having the same problem and all of you go together...the more voices the better or see if there are any private or charter schools that are nut of luck :)

Katrina - posted on 01/05/2012




My eldest is starting Kindy in 1 month, and even though she is not allergic, I have asked if the school was nut-free etc. so I knew what not to pack her for lunch. At the moment they don't have any kids that need the allergy free status so it's not an issue. But they did say, that as soon as one enrolled, the nut-free would automatically come into play.

I would suggest contacting your local politician or council offices and find out what the deal is. Particularly if it's a public school, I would be presuming that they would HAVE to put something in place (including making sure they have EpiPens etc. and training on the use of such an instrument). Here in Australia (I think) you can't just jump between public schools, there are "zoning" requirements to deal with.

Good luck with it all.

Michelle - posted on 01/05/2012




Do you have other school options In your area? Can you request that she doesn't eat lunch in the cafeteria (maybe with a friend who doesn't have nuts in their lunch that day? I don't know just how severe you're talking about (like could she be around the kids on the playground after they've consumed something like peanut butter because I've met kids that can't). If they won't go nut free find out what they will do to keep your daughter safe.

Amanda - posted on 01/05/2012




Is there another school in the area that has a nut free policy that you could send her too??

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