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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:18 am 

Joined: Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:22 am
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Location: Cayman Islands
My son just started in JK this week and all kindergarten classes eat lunch and snacks in their classroom (with their own placemats) and the teacher sits with them the whole time - I am very happy about this. My son is in the smallest JK class (8 kids) by request, so the ratio of supervision is very good. There is a peanut/treenut ban at the school that is well enforced, however, one of the children in my son's class (who was in the school for PK last year) brings fish for lunch a few times a week and it is apparently quite messy and oily :( . I am supplying the classroom with wipes, but am wondering if I should ask the parents of this child to reduce the frequency of fish meals at the school (I know the parents well, but don't want to overstep my boundaries). I will also be writing a letter to all JK parents to let them know about my son's allergies and am wondering if I should say anything about reducing the amount or frequency of fish, egg and milk products in the kids lunches - I am particularly worried about mayonnaise, egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches as my son is off-the-chart allergic to egg and these are so oily and spreadable. Thoughts?

Son 11 yrs: Anaphylactic to eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and allergic to soy, animals & environmental + Asthma.
Daughter 13 yrs: No allergies!
Me: Allergic to animals & environmental.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:02 am 
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By all means, speak to the teacher/principal about your concerns. At 3 years of age, children can't always remember not to share their lunches and they can be very messy eaters.

Are they supervised when they eat? Are their hands washed immediately afterwards? (I'm thinking about the toys which can easily become contaminated from messy hands.) When are the desks cleaned? I really hate having one child ostricized due to a medical condition. I would be hesitant to request a special table for this reason, but you may feel that this is a safer option than having your son eat with the group. You might want to ask if you could bring a placemat. Some dollar stores have large craft mats which would cover a whole desk they come in a few basic colours green/blue/purple I think and you could decorate it with mini sharpies (permanent markers) to identify it as his safe zone.

A Special Day at School is a book written by Anne Muñoz-Furlong founder of FAAN. It is a great book about a little elephant who happens to be allergic to peanuts and his first day at school. it is a great learning tool, it gives ideas for dealing with lunches and friends who offer to share their treats. I would suggest that you see if the local library carries it and if so read it with your son and possible suggest the teacher read it to the class. ... uctcd=AKSS

We were lucky in that JK/SK were half days and they only ate snacks. The teachers implemented a fruit and veggie snacks only rule and most parents were happy to comply.
With a small class of 8 students, I'm sure that you'll be able to some up woth strategies to keep your son safe if you discuss your concerns with the school. I'm not sure if you can get them to ban mayonaise, eggs and fish but they can certainly be made aware of your concerns. I did manage to get rid of Pizza Day so anything is possible.

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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