Caleb started Kindergarten this year, which caused some anxiety for me. I am very blessed that our school staff are very approachable and open to discussing my fears, and working to come up with a workable solution that fits everyone. We have the normal steps being taken, such as the school nurse has a set of Epi-pens, and liquid antihistamine in her office, with signed forms from our doctors office. The school bus has a “No eating or drinking on the bus” rule. Latex balloons are not allowed at school. The school also reminds parents not to send peanut butter or “may contain” peanut products. There is a “Peanut/treenut free” table in the cafeteria for the kids with food allergies to eat at. Due to the large number of children entering the school with food allergies [at least 8] additional steps were also made. This is what went home on Kindergarten orientation:
The teacher got a bunch of knapsacks for each of the allergic children, which they carry with them to school in the morning, handing to bus driver when they get on the bus. This addressed my concern about riding the bus and having a reaction, as he will have his epi-pen there and available. The idea of him being on the bus with no epi-pen really troubled me. He also has an assigned seat near the bus driver so she can keep an eye on him. When they get to school the bus driver then hands the bags off to the teacher at school. There are special hooks near door where all bags are hung, then these are brought where ever class goes- like to recess, music, lunch, fire drills or field trips. Yes, I suppose they are a target for bullies, but it has been my experience that most children are concerned and care about keeping their friends safe. And these are easy to spot too! The bags then come home at the end of the day with the student.
The school discourages parents from sending in cupcakes etc for birthdays, so they allow the child to have his ‘snack day’ be on or near his birthday so they can offer a treat- I have told them that I am willing to provide safe treats for Caleb, all I ask is advance notice so I can plan for it, and that has worked well for us. [He has multiple allergies so its hard to give a simple prepackaged treat that other parents could provide]. I also have given the teacher a couple of boxes of gummie-snacks to keep as a safe alternative for the days when an unsafe snack is offered. I would love to hear if your child’s school has other policies or ways of keeping students safe.