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Posted 18 February 2011 - 02:20 PM

Firstly Iwould like to say thank you to those who have provided me information via facebook, it has been most helpful.

I am trying to decide which school to send T to for prep next year and none of them really stand out in terms of their allergy management......well one did leave me feeling confident but it would be an absolute nightmare to get to and from each day.

So, when your littlies started prep and have moved up over the years, have you seen a change to the way they manage severe allergies ? (ie changes to canteen menu, restrictions on what food you can pack for your children, restrictions on what food can be consumed prior togoing to school in the morning etc etc)

Anything you can think of would be most helpful.

If any of you have children suffering severe allergies and have needed discussions with the school in order to introduce change to suit your child I would love to hear about this too.

I just want to be armed with as much information as possible so as to assist me in doing what the best and safest thing for my daughter.

Thanks!


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Posted 18 February 2011 - 04:19 PM

I have no choice as we live in a small town. But the school is super aware and we are happy with the standard that the school has.

M is allergic to strawberries and they sent notes home explaining that it means no other children in the class can eat strawberries or even strawberry yoghurt's for lunch ect

They also asked that parents not feed their kids strawberries for breakfast but stated that they could not enforce this.

They also talked to the kids about why they can't eat them ect

The teacher's aide in M's prep class had done epi-pen training and was confident in using it.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 04:24 PM

I'm a teacher at an allergy aware school. We have a policy that all staff and student abide by which states that no nuts or nut products (including nutella, peanut butter and muesli bars although things that state "may contain traces of nuts" are ok) and no fish (eg tins of tuna etc) can be consumed at school. All students place a sticker on their lunch box that is a picture of a smiley face made from fruit and veg and it says "Be A Mate". It serves as a reminder not to put these things in.

The canteen does not sell any of these items either. I do know some staff go home at lunch time to eat tuna salad etc but they wash their hands thoroughly and clean teeth and mouth before returning to school.

There's also procedures in place in regards to epi-pens etc.

I think there might be some accreditation available for schools (?) - I know there is for being an asthma friendly school. So perhaps check if they are willing to go through the process. TBH, I don't think it's any different than changing building structure for someone in a wheelchair - it's something you just have to do to make their schooling safe. Same goes for allergies.
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 05:39 PM

My niece has some severe allergys. I don't know all the details about her school but can ask when I see my SIL.

I do know that all the kids with allergies have a special area to have lunch and they get to bring a friend. I will find out more for you .
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 06:19 PM

QUOTE(ClaireBear @ Feb 18 2011, 04:24 PM) View Post

I'm a teacher at an allergy aware school. We have a policy that all staff and student abide by which states that no nuts or nut products (including nutella, peanut butter and muesli bars although things that state "may contain traces of nuts" are ok) and no fish (eg tins of tuna etc) can be consumed at school. All students place a sticker on their lunch box that is a picture of a smiley face made from fruit and veg and it says "Be A Mate". It serves as a reminder not to put these things in.

The canteen does not sell any of these items either. I do know some staff go home at lunch time to eat tuna salad etc but they wash their hands thoroughly and clean teeth and mouth before returning to school.

There's also procedures in place in regards to epi-pens etc.

I think there might be some accreditation available for schools (?) - I know there is for being an asthma friendly school. So perhaps check if they are willing to go through the process. TBH, I don't think it's any different than changing building structure for someone in a wheelchair - it's something you just have to do to make their schooling safe. Same goes for allergies.


I agree with this and my husband actually said the exact same thing the other night.

Thanks for the replies so far, I will have to start making myself a list of things to bring up with the school to discuss so that I don't forget anything.......or probably easier to put it in point format and do several copies and just hand them over wink.gif and then discuss biggrin.gif


Emtree, that would be great, thank you.


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Posted 19 February 2011 - 06:16 AM

I'm a teacher and although we don't currently have any students with major allergies, we have to have an "epipen refresher" every year.

I think it's great that you are looking into schools now. My suggestion would be to find a school that you like the "feel" of and request to work with the principal/deputy principal to put a policy into place this year so it is a safe place for your child by the time they start prep. I would imagine most principals would be very accommodating as being an allergy-friendly school would be a draw-card for many parents.

Good luck with your decision!

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:16 AM

Our little school is nutfree. They are very strict and do lunchbox checks every day.

Even in our interview it was one of the things the principal lead with.

I did parent help the other day and there were 2 posters one with anaphylaxis signs and one for the use of Epipens. The teachers are also trained yearly for epipen proceedures both adult and junior versions. They also have pictures of nut food not allowed outside the classrooms just to reiterate the products that are banned so there is no misunderstanding.

Hoping you find a school that gives a little sense of peace lovely, I can only imagine how scary it is for you all x
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:48 AM

thanks ladies x

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:17 AM

Spoke to my SIL last night.

The school already had allergy plans in place when Z started there. One of the main rules at school is that you are never to share food with any child, even if they have nothing to eat.

The sick bay has allergy plans on the wall with a photo and information about each childs allergy's and treatments. All treachers are trained in using epipens.

The school has also allowed SIL to stock some cakes in the freezer for birthdays, so Z doesn't feel left out.

The main place they hac problems with was after school care. The career stressed about what she would be able to feed Z. SIL sends food with Z's big sister for the 1 day a week they are there.
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 08:58 AM

QUOTE(Emtree @ Feb 27 2011, 07:17 AM) View Post

Spoke to my SIL last night.

The school already had allergy plans in place when Z started there. One of the main rules at school is that you are never to share food with any child, even if they have nothing to eat.

The sick bay has allergy plans on the wall with a photo and information about each childs allergy's and treatments. All treachers are trained in using epipens.

The school has also allowed SIL to stock some cakes in the freezer for birthdays, so Z doesn't feel left out.

The main place they hac problems with was after school care. The career stressed about what she would be able to feed Z. SIL sends food with Z's big sister for the 1 day a week they are there.



thanks for that. Yeah the birthday cake thing is good. T has some cupcakes in the freezer at daycare.
A new problem I have heard of with a niece of mine, kids buying for EACH OTHER at the tuckshop! ohmy.gif

I better get started with my list!

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 09:29 AM

More often than not in Prep , the class eats together supervised by their teacher. This allows teachers to ensure that no food is swapped or shared.
Our tuckshop doesn't sell food over the counter to the prep-3 , you must order in a bag. They also have picture of the kids and their allergies below it.


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