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The Saga Continues: Peanut panic

November 10, 2011

So we recieved no reply from our letter on Monday (as Gabe was sick Friday and didn't go to school). Yesterday our roomie Kevin went over to the school to talk to his teacher and the reason for their supposed 'no candy at all not even popcorn and chips' rule is because of the peanut allergy of one or two kids in the school. There's a lot going on in my head about this so let's break it up.

I understand that peanut allergies are serious and get that having peanut butter sandwiches or candy with peanuts in them is BAD and can kill someone. I get it, I really do, but I absolutely HATE blanket policies, especially ones that aren't really necessary. Only about 1% of the population has a peanut allergy. In the last 15 years in Canada, less than 40 people have died thanks to their peanut allergy. In comparison, kids are being killed at a much more alarming rate by CARS. If we want to keep our kids safe, we should stop driving, not ban candy at school. For the couple of kids in the school who have a severe allergy, teach them some freakin' responsibility, and yes, ban peanut everything as best you can in those specific classrooms. However...

here's the other thing: You can't tell me what I can or can't give my kid for lunch. If I was home during the day I'd just bring him home and problem solved. We live close enough that we could do it easily. Sadly, people aren't home and that doesn't address the larger issue of stupid policy, a stupid policy I CAN'T EVEN FIND. I have Rock City's, and thanks to Brechin I have part of a larger policy, but dammit I can't find the actual district/board policy. I emailed the schools' board rep last night (no reply this morning but I'll keep checking) hoping to find it. What I have? Doesn't say I can't give Gabe candy, chips, pop, etc at his school. It says we should be guided by the Canada food guide (and that thing is a whole post by itself). I really don't think the school can tell me not to send this stuff, or tell Gabe he can't eat it, and if they CAN, that's bullshit and wrong.

Sadly, I don't know what to *do* next. In order to take on this policy, I have to take on the board. There's an election coming up this month and that will probably change things a bit. I'd need a lot of other parent's help. I'd need to really focus on this, probably to the exclusion of other things I'm working on right now (Occupy nanaimo, the Compassion farm fight, etc).

Thoughts? Suggestions?

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