I took Caleb to school for Kindergarten screening today. I confess that I left the meeting not feeling very confident or assured about the ‘allergy-plan’ that is in place there. One of my issues is that the school is peanut free, but not tree nut free; and since Caleb is allergic to tree nuts, dairy and peanuts [and nutmeg and cats!] I worry that there is a real possibility for him to come into contact with a potential allergen there. I also worry that the ‘plan’ in place there is very inadequate. I am so bothered by this that I plan to contact the school again tomorrow to see if they would consider perhaps setting up a meeting with the staff and other allergic childrens parents. I was told that they have quite a few coming into the school, and they were perhaps going to have to reassess their usual format of different kids being responsible for the ‘class snack.’ Among other concerns I am having, include: what about the bus? and the cafeteria? and recess? Is keeping the epi-pens in the nurses office really the safest plan? How trained are the teachers and other staff in recognizing a reaction? My anxiety is climbing!
A very helpful web site I have found is from the Massachusetts Department of Education~ which I intend to share with the school! http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/allergy.pdf
I will update this post once I get some of my own questions answered! Wish me luck!~Jenny
I spoke to the principal about my concerns this morning. He will be getting the district allergy plan emailed to me, so I can review it then see what other steps we feel need to be taken. Apparently they had no peanut allergic kids there at the moment- I told him, “You do now!” Funny I am not bothered about the usual sending him to school stuff- but the allergies- yikes! So empathetic to the parents of diabetic children!~having to trust others to be responsible enough to care for our children! I also spoke to my allergist’s office and they did say that all schools policies are to keep the Epi-pens in the nurses office. I guess I am just so programmed to always have them handy!