My little man is starting preschool next Tuesday! I can’t believe that he’s old enough to go, but he’s certainly ready. We have visited his classroom and met his teacher and he is very excited to start. There are 10-12 kids in his class and three of them have some type of food allergy. We received a letter before open house telling us that one student will be expected to bring snacks for the class for that day, but due to the food allergies they aren’t sure what will be allowed. OK, I totally understand that. Well, school is next week and there has been no other communication.
My girlfriend’s daughter, Ellie, happens to be in my son’s class. Ellie also happens to be one of the children with a food allergy. Her allergies include egg, all dairy, and nuts. Um, that rules out a lot of food! One child has a peanut allergy and the other child has a milk allergy. I only found out this last night when I was talking to my girlfriend, and she said, you haven’t gotten any letters? I said, no, just the first one, why? Turns out the parents came up with an approved list of foods that can be brought as snacks and those foods are the only ones allowed in class. OK, that makes things a lot easier for the rest of us! I said, what about the milk allergies? What are they going to serve them to drink at snack time since it was going to be milk? She just looked at me with that look. Ellie is so allergic to milk that if someone drinks milk and touches her or kisses her, she’ll have a reaction. So much so that if her epi pen is not right there, it’s not good. She said, they are going to serve milk anyway. Um, excuse me? But, they are going to put the three kids with allergies at one table and everyone else at another table. Um, excuse me again? She is not happy. She doesn’t agree with that, but she said, what am I suppose to do? I said, how does that even make sense? How is the teacher going to be able to watch 12 3 & 4 year old’s to make sure they wash their hands and face after snack time before they touch anything else?
I understand why they want to separate them during snack time, but I don’t agree with it either. What is that teaching these little people? Oh, little Johnny can’t eat what I’m eating so he has to sit over there ha ha ha. We all know how kids can be. On the other hand, everyone in the class has to understand how serious it is. I think the easiest thing would be to get rid of the milk and have 100% juice or water. The kids are only there for 3 hours so really, what do they need snack for anyway?!! Does anyone else have these issues or dealt with allergies at school?