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    Can be a serious allergy
    By Cathy-Dee

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    I would check with both parents again - just ask them basic questions....

    1) Is your child only allergic if they ingest peanuts
    2) Does the smell of peanuts trigger an attack
    3) If a child brings in an item that doesn't contain peanuts but may have had a spoon or counter top that had trace amounts would that trigger an attack.

    Then plan your snack time accordingly.

    If these two children ride the bus and go outside for recess then chances are the third question I raised would not be a concern as long as their children do not eat snacks brought in by other parents.

    I've had this issue several times in my class. I send home a note on brightly coloured paper and asked parents to sign the bottom and return it to me so I knew they had read the note. Any notes not returned I called the parents.

    The note stated that several children have severe peanut allergies which can lead to serious attacks.

    No items with peanuts should be sent to the school for "parties, snacks or recess treats". These items could include, baking, chocolates, lunchables, etc., that contain peanuts, peanut oil or peanut butter.

    I also send a list of items that made good snacks, treats, etc.,

    And I also asked the parents to show me exactly what to do in case of an attack.

    With the "shocked" parent - you might also want to mend bridges now to get her back on your side otherwise she may cause you problems all year long. She probably didn't mean to be rude but because she knows how serious it can be - couldn't see your side of the situation.

    And if it is the worse case scenario then you may have to either provide snacks yourself (ask for money donations instead so you can buy the snack) and then find out which companies/stores carry nut-free items. Or go snack-free - parents will understand if there is no choice.

    I'm guessing that the concern is that not all parents will remember 100% of the time not to send items with peanuts. And if your school does not have a rule with recess times, etc., then that is an issue you may need to bring up. Your school should be nut-free if you have students with severe enough allergies. For example a child in another class brings a peanut-butter sandwich to school. She eats lunch, does not wash her hands and then plays with equipment in the gym for her gym class. Your class goes to gym next, student with allergy touches the same equipment and goes into a seizure.

    The year we had a serious allergy we had to be on guard all the time and we did catch a few infractions over the year where we had to call the mom to come and take her child home as there was danger of him coming into contact with peanuts.

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