What some people don't get about peanut butter allergies...
People are always saying that allergy kids are given special treatment. Why can't we just stick them at their own table? Why aren't we teaching them to beware of peanut butter?
Well, I've never met an allergy kid that didn't know they were allergic and to avoid that food (if it's a deathly allergy, food intolerance is another story). But I have met hundreds of non-allergy kids that couldn't tell you the first thing about an allergy and have no idea why they should wash hands then they are done eating.
The problem with peanut butter is NOT the children who have allergies, it's the hundreds of other kids who are eating peanut butter and probably won't wash their hands. It's the non-allergy kids that teachers have to keep track of, NOT the allergy kids! It's the kids who eat peanut butter and get near that kid because they are clueless. It's the fact that our public schools are so packed with children but not enough teachers, so they can't always be on top of hand washing and separation.
I work at a private preschool and with just 15 kids in the lunchroom and 1/2 of them eating peanut butter it's a BIG JOB to get everyone packed up and washed after lunch. We don't have a nurse on staff (a lot of public schools don't either- news flash!) and it would be a NIGHTMARE if one of our allergy kids had a reaction. No teacher should be put in that position over something so PETTY.