I'm reading over at the stir, today, of course, and I really do see both sides of the argument. On one hand, you have a little girl, who will die if she breathes in peanut dust.
On the other hand, you have an entire school of children, whose entire routine is being constructed around one child's medical condition. Up to an extra half hour a day is being spent on washing hands and rinsing their mouths out. Thirty minutes a day, of class time.
*big, deep sigh.*
I don't like to play judge-y mommy. It doesn't fit me well.
This whole thing leaves me with questions, though. Does the child with the allergy go ANYWHERE but school? I mean, there are peanuts all over the place. The zoo, the grocery store, the movies, the mall, Target. Is she unable to go outside of her house at all, except to go to school?
Honestly, if it were my child, I would learn to love my new role as a homeschooling mom. I wouldn't expect several hundred other children to change their entire routine and their eating habits to accommodate my child.
Heck, not even that, I don't think I'd TRUST that a child coming in on the morning bus didn't have peanut butter on their sleeve.
I don't know. After three years of being a part of "the peanut free classroom" I asked to be removed. Peanut butter and jelly is a cheap staple item, and the cost of lunches was much higher without being able to supplement lunch meat with a good old pb and j.
Keep in mind, we have several possibly deadly allergies in this family, too. The tiniest bit of shellfish renders me unable to breathe- two of my babies swell up severely if they eat tree nuts.
If an entire school had to go into crisis lock down mode every time my kid entered, I'd keep them home.
What do you think?