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Allergy Moms A ?

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM
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Just wondering, for those of you whose children have a food allergy, If there is a food committee at the school do you get involved? Do you simply opt out and figure you will cover your own child? Do you expect any organization put on by the school to have an allergy specialist on hand?

I am part of a food committee for the school to help organize and distribute morning snacks on the days the children are taking the standardized tests. And by committe I really mean myself and one other mom. I am curious as to what others think should happen in events like this.

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Rust.n.Gears
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Oh our schools are idiots when it comes to allergies. My niece goes to the local public school. My brother told them that she is allergic to TREE nuts. So they banned peanuts. Fabulous ! Except she can eat peanuts because it isn't a TREE nut. They are different. 

steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Our district's food services manager is a chef by trade and at this point he is also an expert in food allergies.  So breakfasts and lunches are covered.  

For something like snacks during testing, they would have to be allergy free if being passed out to the whole school, which would be nearly impossible considering the number of different food allergies in our building.  This is why parents send in snacks for their own children during testing.

JulesFairy
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

 Wow! That's not gonna help her at all.

I am doing my best to learn the allergy information, But found it very strange that  some parents of allergy children are happy to tell me all the ways I am wrong but then look at my like I am stupid when I ask them to educate me so I will know better next time.

Quoting Rust.n.Gears:

Oh our schools are idiots when it comes to allergies. My niece goes to the local public school. My brother told them that she is allergic to TREE nuts. So they banned peanuts. Fabulous ! Except she can eat peanuts because it isn't a TREE nut. They are different. 


 

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM
At our elem school, kids with allergies were pretty much iin the same class. When I organized snacks for testing, we weren't the allergy class so it was easier. If you have class allergies, I would either provide a list of what snacks can be sent in or if it's only a few kids, see if their moms would send in their own snacks. Is it being divided by class or acroos all students?
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JulesFairy
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

 I am afraid it's going to come to this next year.  What started with the best of intentions is quickly becoming a big to do since parents are sending emails left and right saying so and so can only have this brand of snack and please make sure he doesn't get more than this much of it. Yet, none of them want to join the committee or sit down with me and educate me on what to look for on labels to help protet their child.

I finally got ahold of the district's and the school's official allergy policy, and legally we are covered. We asked for donations and warned parents that there will be a universal snack distributed and if your child is a picky eater, a large eater, or a child affecte by allergies, please be prepared to send in a snack for your child. This, of course, does not include peanuts since we are a peanut free school and those little buggers leave residue everywhere. But for the none life threatening or ingestions based allergies, we can only do so much with our limited knowledge.


Quoting steelcrazy:

Our district's food services manager is a chef by trade and at this point he is also an expert in food allergies.  So breakfasts and lunches are covered.  

For something like snacks during testing, they would have to be allergy free if being passed out to the whole school, which would be nearly impossible considering the number of different food allergies in our building.  This is why parents send in snacks for their own children during testing.


 

JulesFairy
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

 All grades 3 - 8. Those parents were asked to send in donations of bulk items, like cheezits and goldfish and pretzels, so that we could rebag them and distribute them to the children of the morning of the test. The PTA at our school also set aside ___ amount of funds to purchase perishable snacks, so that we get a pretty good variety for snacks in the morning.

Some of the moms said my child's allergy is hard to accomodate or that because they can't insure the process through with the snacks were collected or distributerd they would just send in their own. They are very go with the flow. I finally got one person to sit down with me and explain what all triggers what and things I never would have known ( like sesame seeds can set off a peanut allergy) but it seems like I had to beg for the it. So I was wondering if I was the odd mom out here who thinks that if I had an allergy child and the time, I would certainly get on the committee to educate others and make the process as safe as possible. Or opt out and not make a fuss about the rest of it.

Quoting coolmommy2x:

At our elem school, kids with allergies were pretty much iin the same class. When I organized snacks for testing, we weren't the allergy class so it was easier. If you have class allergies, I would either provide a list of what snacks can be sent in or if it's only a few kids, see if their moms would send in their own snacks. Is it being divided by class or acroos all students?


 

SpurgeonMom
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Our school is the same way! My daughter is also allergic to tree nuts and right at the end of school day the teacher have her pistachios. she only ate 2 and her mouth swelled up


Quoting Rust.n.Gears:

Oh our schools are idiots when it comes to allergies. My niece goes to the local public school. My brother told them that she is allergic to TREE nuts. So they banned peanuts. Fabulous ! Except she can eat peanuts because it isn't a TREE nut. They are different. 


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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Wow...that's a lot of work and food handling. DS has a friend with a ton of food allergies. His mom always sends her own food for him. He brought his own lunch and dessert to one of DS's birthday parties.

Quoting JulesFairy:

 All grades 3 - 8. Those parents were asked to send in donations of bulk items, like cheezits and goldfish and pretzels, so that we could rebag them and distribute them to the children of the morning of the test. The PTA at our school also set aside ___ amount of funds to purchase perishable snacks, so that we get a pretty good variety for snacks in the morning.


Some of the moms said my child's allergy is hard to accomodate or that because they can't insure the process through with the snacks were collected or distributerd they would just send in their own. They are very go with the flow. I finally got one person to sit down with me and explain what all triggers what and things I never would have known ( like sesame seeds can set off a peanut allergy) but it seems like I had to beg for the it. So I was wondering if I was the odd mom out here who thinks that if I had an allergy child and the time, I would certainly get on the committee to educate others and make the process as safe as possible. Or opt out and not make a fuss about the rest of it.


Quoting coolmommy2x:

At our elem school, kids with allergies were pretty much iin the same class. When I organized snacks for testing, we weren't the allergy class so it was easier. If you have class allergies, I would either provide a list of what snacks can be sent in or if it's only a few kids, see if their moms would send in their own snacks. Is it being divided by class or acroos all students?



 

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steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Why would your daughter eat them if she is allergic?  That makes absolutely no sense to me what so ever.

Quoting SpurgeonMom:

Our school is the same way! My daughter is also allergic to tree nuts and right at the end of school day the teacher have her pistachios. she only ate 2 and her mouth swelled up


Quoting Rust.n.Gears:

Oh our schools are idiots when it comes to allergies. My niece goes to the local public school. My brother told them that she is allergic to TREE nuts. So they banned peanuts. Fabulous ! Except she can eat peanuts because it isn't a TREE nut. They are different. 



JulesFairy
by Silver Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM
Its is a lot. I came in to help out the other mom and this was the schools system in place. I do the best I can and do full sanitize before i even bring the food into my house, but I dont want the guilt of hurting someone on my conscience. Problem is I just dont know enough. I am now trying to help them better this process.


Quoting coolmommy2x:

Wow...that's a lot of work and food handling. DS has a friend with a ton of food allergies. His mom always sends her own food for him. He brought his own lunch and dessert to one of DS's birthday parties.



Quoting JulesFairy:

 All grades 3 - 8. Those parents were asked to send in donations of bulk items, like cheezits and goldfish and pretzels, so that we could rebag them and distribute them to the children of the morning of the test. The PTA at our school also set aside ___ amount of funds to purchase perishable snacks, so that we get a pretty good variety for snacks in the morning.



Some of the moms said my child's allergy is hard to accomodate or that because they can't insure the process through with the snacks were collected or distributerd they would just send in their own. They are very go with the flow. I finally got one person to sit down with me and explain what all triggers what and things I never would have known ( like sesame seeds can set off a peanut allergy) but it seems like I had to beg for the it. So I was wondering if I was the odd mom out here who thinks that if I had an allergy child and the time, I would certainly get on the committee to educate others and make the process as safe as possible. Or opt out and not make a fuss about the rest of it.



Quoting coolmommy2x:

At our elem school, kids with allergies were pretty much iin the same class. When I organized snacks for testing, we weren't the allergy class so it was easier. If you have class allergies, I would either provide a list of what snacks can be sent in or if it's only a few kids, see if their moms would send in their own snacks. Is it being divided by class or acroos all students?





 


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