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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:11 am 

Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:25 pm
Posts: 233
Location: Winnipeg
The following article was included as part of my latest school newsletter.

When I saw the title "Are 'peanut free' schools realistic?" my heart sank, but when I read the article I couldn't have been happier. A message straight from the top of our school division supporting school's and parents efforts in keeping allergic children safe. Yay!!!!! :D

What a difference from our last school division!

1 son allergic to eggs, peanuts, green peas, chick peas, lentils and tomatoes
(avoiding tree nuts and most other legumes too)
1 son allergic to eggs, and has outgrown peanuts
Both with many environmental allergies, asthma and eczema

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:25 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
Wow! :)
I like what he said about parents modelling empathy and responsibility as powerful learning tools. He is so right. I also liked how he offered the school as a support to those who did not know how to manage to find acceptable alternatives for picky eaters.
It takes to pressure off the shoulders of the allergic childs' parents and so doesn't set the allergic child apart from his peers so much.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:57 am 

Joined: Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:09 am
Posts: 1054
That's great! It's so nice to see a school official making such a public statement about allergy awareness and compassion for others and it isn't even yet mandated by law in your province. I'm glad that he also touched on the fact that there are other foods outside of peanuts and nuts that kids and adults are also allergic too. I would give him a call or an email to express my appreciation to him for sure! How refreshing!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:57 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:40 am
Posts: 51
Location: Victoria
Wow, I am almost brought to tears reading this positive letter...and one written by a superintendent. I can hardly believe it but am overjoyed!

Thank you so much for sharing. We'll be saving a copy of this to share with others.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:28 pm 

Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:53 am
Posts: 207
Location: Winnipeg, MB
I guess we're pretty lucky in Wihnnipeg.

River East Division has an anaphylaxis policy too and recently highlighted it in "The Torch" a newsletter that is distributed with flyers to every house in the division. ... ch_w07.pdf

Although the blurb in the newsletter didn't explain the policy it detail, it did bring it to the forefront again - which is great.

Here's the link the whole policy.

Refer to sections JLCG JLCG-R1 and JLCG-R2. Very comprensive IMO.

Edited by the Moderator to fix the links.

adult son allergic to peanuts, most tree nuts, eggs and penicillin.

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