What is your school’s policy on peanuts?

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I have no idea!
Votes: 365
Kids with peanut allergies sit at a special lunch table
Votes: 501
No peanuts/peanut butter
Votes: 376
No policy
Votes: 348

Number of Voters   1590
Start Voting   2015-02-09 00:00:00
End Voting   0000-00-00 00:00:00


#10 Mary Beth Calvin 2010-02-01 12:20
While I do not have any children with allergies, I am fully aware of it's existence. This is partially due to our school. We are a "peanut free" school. This does not mean we can't pack PBandJ, it just means that anything the school offers will be safe. Any parties or snack times parents are confident that the food will be peanut free. Parents of children with this allergy are also given first option to be room mother. This helps them to be "in the loop" regarding class activities and what foods other parents have brought in.
My daughter, who is in kindergarten, came home with a approved list of snacks so parents can focus on sending in those brands.
It is harder in the cafeteria since other children can bring in peanut products. We do have a "peanut table" but since the school is peanut free anyone who buys lunch can sit at the table as well.
#9 ruth 2010-01-27 15:01
my grandson has a lot of food allergies, chicken, fish, peanuts. on days when they seve any of these for lunch, i send him a lunch from home. the school sends me a lunch menu every month so that i know what is being served every day. This works out very good.
#8 Erin 2010-01-21 19:04
My nephew has a deadly reaction to peanuts. I never stopped to think about how many things have nuts, or nut product in them until he was diagnosed. It amazes me how totally idiotic some people are to this serious condition. I worked as an aid in a kindergarten class where a child had this allergy. At snack time she had to bring her own snacks, because the teacher wasn't willing to read labels, and she was put on a separate table to avoid the contact. then the kids would wash tables and hands. I am not one to say this is the best way, but when it comes to someones life I think a policy avoiding nuts is better then saying eat at your own risk!
#7 Lynn 2010-01-11 19:14
I'm really struggling with the decision as to send my child to 1st grade next year or to homeschool. My daughter has a severe peanut allergy and it's really hard to send her into an environment knowing there will be a substance that can kill her all over the cafeteria, children's hands, etc. We've worked so hard since she was diagnosed at age 2 to avoid nuts and now I'm supposed to hold my breath, say a prayer and hope that the school staff keeps my precious daughter safe. She wants to go to school, she is very bright and social, but I am honestly very scared to put my daughter's life in the hands of the public school system. She attends a nut-free private Kindergarten right now and honestly every single time there is any event with food I attend and 9 times out of 10 someone unknowningly brings in food that she should not eat. It's so scary, people are just ignorant about reading labels and looking for the "may contain traces of peanuts" or "processed in a facility with peanuts"....I'v e had moms swear up and down that they checked and I'll double-check and sure enought, it's not safe. Will I be informed every time food is brought into the classroom in public school? Probably not. Do I work out an arrangement with the teacher that my daughter is not to eat anything besides what I bring for her, probably...that 's what we do now. I still just worry about all those 1st graders with pb&j hands and faces. I just don't know....
#6 Marie 2010-01-08 15:57
When my son started at our school 6 years ago our school didn't have an allergy policy for the lunch room. Last year they set up a "peanut free table". Your question is regarding peanuts but how do we handle the child with multiple food allergies? My son is dairy, egg, tree nut and peanut allergic. If we had a table set up for his allergies he would probably sit alone. When he started they set up a desk at the end of the table so he was still with his friends but any spills wouldn't reach him. In third grade he began sitting at the table we just kept an empty chair between him and the next student. He sat at the end seat. They have also always had his class table be a table in the back of the cafeteria and an outside table to lessen the amount of children walking back and forth with their trays. Our school has been wonderful. I keep telling my son that he is helping the children coming up after him with allergies by setting up policies through his allergies.

Please remember peanuts are not the only allergies even though they get the most press. In addition to a great school policy we appreciate compassionate teachers and parents. None of us choose for our children to have food allergies and we do not wish to have to make special accomodations but it is a matter of life and death for our children. Thank you for putting this question on your site.
#5 Stephanie 2009-12-13 00:26
At my daughter's school, there is a zero-tolerance nut policy. NO students are allowed to bring peanut butter or nut products to school in their lunches or snacks. Through the school lunch program, as a cold lunch choice, they serve milk, string cheese, fruit and crackers. At the school where I teach, students with known allergies sit at a separate table. All other students sit at their grade-level tables, and are allowed to bring whatever they want in their lunches... and 3 days a week, our lunch program offers PB&J sandwiches as a cold lunch choice. However, aren't nut allergies passed through the air? Honestly, we've never had a reaction at my school, so maybe, this is all okay. Though I do sometimes feel that my daughter's school is limiting her choices (she does not have allergies), she has accepted it as 'that's the way it is', and I think overall, it is safer for ALL students.
#4 Terry 2009-12-03 18:54
So surprised that so many schools have no policy on peanut allergies -- when these allergies can be life threatening!
#3 Deidre 2009-10-27 02:17
Personally, I feel that there should be some type of policy for schools at the luch tables. Individuals that already know that they have "known" allergies should divulge this information as it is most critical to "their" health. It is also most helpful for those who prepare food for the masses, to have some type of added help in that area. There is no such thing as too much information when it involves someones life.
#2 lindsey 2009-10-27 00:09
your website is really helping my child.Thank you!
#1 maria 2009-10-26 22:41
En español porfavor gracias

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