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Yes I have been through a similar situation. I went over the school faculty and right to the head nurse for the county. She was able to do the talking for me and my family. It was amazing how fast they were able to accommodate my childs needs.
They put in a peanut free table in the cafeteria. Sent home notes to the families making them aware of the peanut free classroom and put up signs letting everyone know that entered the class, also. They put in place washing hands after they ate with soap/water and before returning to the classroom. My son was placed at the beginning of the line and would be the first to wash up. They stopped all eating in the classroom. He sat away from the children who had peanuts/products in the lunches. They assigned him a seat at the end of the table with supervision by one teacher, put all the cafeteria lunches next (that was peanut/nut free) and then all of the brought in lunches at the other end. They wiped down all tables with soap and hot water after each class departed. The teacher always double wiped where my son would sit. My son wore shirts with a listing of allergies on them, daily. It saved him several times from getting hand shakes from individuals that had just eaten peanuts. Of course they tried to substitute hand sanitizer for washing with soap and water, but the nurse quickly explained to the teachers that sanitizer only moves around food allergens it will not remove them. Hope this helps!!!!

Fatal food allergies are under the 504 disability plans under the law. They are more dangerous than most disabilities!

You say that I am rude and then call me fat, lazy, stupid and a woman. Then you tell me that I hate peanut allergy kids and that my mother didnt love me enough and I am the reason that peanut allergies need to be declared a disability. And you pulled diarrhea out of the air because it was not in my post. I am a man so if you forgive me for being insensitive I will forgive you for you trying to mommy shame me and making up hateful statements. My point was that if you want to raise your kid in a bubble that is fine but you dont need to put everybody else into your kids bubble. Let me guess, you are the mommy that puts ""slow"" signs on the road, to make everybody drive slow, rather than teaching your kid not to play in the street.

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Thank you for your question. Your child’s safety at school is very important.

The Section 504 plan prevents public institutions, including schools, from discriminating on the basis of disability. As defined by the law, severe food allergies fall under this designation. Read more about the accommodations to be made by the school to keep your child safe from allergens here.

There may also be the option of an Individualized Education Plan or IEP. This article describes the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP which may help you decide which option to go with.

The process of obtaining a Section 504 Designation may be difficult, but it can be helpful to know that others have been through this process. Check out a previous discussion among our members about their experience in applying for a Section 504 Designation here.

Many of our members have discussed whether a peanut-free school is an issue, and you can find out what they had to say here.

Schools all over America have banned peanuts and nut-based foods from classrooms as a result of the increase in allergies among children. Learn more about the pros and cons of banning allergens from schools here.

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I dont care who You are, or what You are. You are the most insensitive person I ever come across. You just dont get it,our kids could die! Because We are just asking for a short time(at school) that your child not eat Peanut Butter,because our kids could die. That is putting you and your child in a bubble, give me break. Honey You are way.... into food to much. You are a narcissus ! I will fight people like you at my district for how ever long it takes. I will get peanut butter out of our schools. Again You are why Im home schooling my son. And no my children dont play in the street. Im not stupid!

I am sorry but this thread is way out of line. Sean H is obviously ignorant and doesnt understand the severety of a peanut allergy, but I also find the insults to Sean H out of proportion.
In spite of years of lobbying from the cigerette industry we eventually banned smoking in public spaces and airplanes because we know it is unhealthy to other people and can be deadly. When one particular food can kill and severely hurt so many children why would anyone educated insist on their right to cause harm to others?
The nurse at the school stating that it is not legal to ban peanuts is absolutely wrong. Safety of all children should be her first priority if she takes nursing seriously. Unfortunately the only secure way to prevent an anaphylaxis is by not allowing peanuts because you cannot just ask someone with peanut allergies to avoid them as the allergy is airborne.
A previous school of ours had no peanut policy until one day a teacher in car pool had an anaphylaxis shock, because a little girl breathed into her face. She had just had a pbj sandwich on her way to school. The teacher had no known allergies until that day. The fear and guilt this girl had to live with afterwards, not to mention the trauma on all the kids of seeing a beloved teacher throwing up and then not breathing and being taken away in an ambulance could have been prevented. Today this school is peanut free!

Wow, some serious name calling. Anyway, I do get very angry when people compare an intolerance to an allergy. Its like comparing someone with a broken arm to someone with a paralyzed arm, no comparison. Im sure if the person with a gluten intolerance touched bread containing gluten they wouldnt require an ER visit. I also go crazy with people being "" deprived of their right to PB"". Really?? Go ahead and eat 6 PB sandwiches in the cafeyeria, just wash your hands before going back to the classroom. And yes, you will be deprived of your PB candy in the classroom. I hope you can live without it until you get home. Since when did school become so food oriented?? We never ate in the classroom when I went to school. Whats the big deal. Childhood obesity is such a huge problem anyway. Classroom snacks, if any, should be fruits and vegetables. Please dont tell me to home school either. I work full time out of neccessity and would need to go on public assistence if I was a stay at home mom, and thats a whole other blog!

Sean, I think you are very narrow minded and may need to homeschool yourself rather than telling others to do that to their children. As someone who found out as an adult that I have food allergies, it can e very daunting and anxiety producing, as Im sure you felt when you finally had your intolerance diagnosed. The difference with what you have and what someone with a severe allergy is that theirs is airborne. And youre right, that shouldnt ONLY be for peanuts. If another child had a severe, life-threatening allergy, I would expect the school to accomodate their specific allergy as well.

I had same issue when it came to family functions, I do not feel comfortable having to subject myself to something that may potentially kill me. If you yourself had an allergy that would kill you, Im sure you would feel the same way. As an adult, I can choose not to go. A child should not have to be homeschool for something they cannot control. There are even laws in place for adults with severe life-threatening allergies in the work place as EVERYONE should feel comfortable not just in their home. Is it an issue with you that restaurants list allergens so people can eat out? You need to open your eyes and educate yourself before you talk out of your ass because Im sure if it were your child on the end of this, you would be singing a different song.

Sean, I think you are very narrow minded and may need to homeschool yourself rather than telling others to do that to their children. As someone who found out as an adult that I have food allergies, it can e very daunting and anxiety producing, as Im sure you felt when you finally had your intolerance diagnosed. The difference with what you have and what someone with a severe allergy is that theirs is airborne. And youre right, that shouldnt ONLY be for peanuts. If another child had a severe, life-threatening allergy, I would expect the school to accomodate their specific allergy as well.

I had same issue when it came to family functions, I do not feel comfortable having to subject myself to something that may potentially kill me. If you yourself had an allergy that would kill you, Im sure you would feel the same way. As an adult, I can choose not to go. A child should not have to be homeschool for something they cannot control. There are even laws in place for adults with severe life-threatening allergies in the work place as EVERYONE should feel comfortable not just in their home. Is it an issue with you that restaurants list allergens so people can eat out? You need to open your eyes and educate yourself before you talk out of your ass because Im sure if it were your child on the end of this, you would be singing a different song.

I dont understand why anyone is attacking the man for not understanding the 504 issue. Most people dont understand the severity of a peanut allergy and a simple explanation to the school, like this gentleman can go so far. The thing is, the law is on your side, because the school MUST give you a 504 if you request one according to the ADA. This year, when my son started high school, there was no policies or procedures in place and I insisted on a 504. They informed me they only had medical 504 (for diabetes) or learning 504s. So, we had the whole school district change their policy of 504s all together. It needed to be changed anyway. Stay the corse because you are right.

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