I am a long time reader here, not a big time poster as do not want to become a laughing stock due to my poor grammar and spelling. I am in a bit of a mess and in need of you, lovely ladies thoughts and suggestions.
Could you please give your honest thoughts regarding what to expect in regard to care plan for my son who has sever food allergies from his primary school? My son is anaphylaxis to eggs, nuts and wheat. Hopefully he will able to tolerate wheat by the time he start school in 2016 (we challenge him with wheat last year and this year, but did not work out well, will do the test again next year). For eggs and nuts, he is not yet ready for challenge.
We visited couple of schools 2 years a go to get a better idea about how they manage kids with sever food allergies. Unfortunately most school did not offer us much hope. There was one school which was very good at that time. There were posters visible through out the school (it is a small school, just one building accommodating whole primary classes) which clearly mentioned not to bring food products that contain eggs and nuts. The teachers we spoken were understanding and happy to accommodate his need. Fast forward 2 years, we had his enrolment interview yesterday. The teacher who interviewed us seems to have no idea about sever food allergies. She said things like our son will learn very quickly that if he eat something with eggs he will get sick, she laugh that they have to carry back pack with medicines for children with medical issues such as asthma, diabetic when they are going out. She is more concern about what to do when kids bring birthday cakes to share with class as my son would not able to eat them.
We are in two minds now, the warm, welcoming feeling we had from last visit is no longer there. Do you think it would be ok to contact principal and check with him what he can do and their policy regarding sever food allergies? I am not asking them to ban wheat at school or to ban food that contain tracers of eggs or nuts etc. Is it ok to ask him whether it is possible to ask parents of reception class not send egg sandwich, hard boiled eggs, omelet to school? We want our son to feel safe in his learning environment.
Thanks for reading, appreciate your time and hope you can help me to overcome the mess I am in now. I am not ready to home school him (English is not my first language and do not think I am capable of doing it) Really need to find suitable learning environment for him.