Earlier this week, I read about a first-grader in Florida living with a life-threatening peanut allergy. According to this Associated Press article, even “traces of nut dust in the air could trigger a reaction if she were to breathe them.”
While the school did what many of our current daycares do -- ban nuts from the premises -- the school went a few steps further by:
- Mandating that students wash their hands and faces before stepping into the classroom.
- Regularly wiping down desks with disinfectants.
- Following a no-snack rule and no-food rule at holiday parties.
The district even went so far as to bring in a peanut-sniffing dog to make sure that the regulations were being followed.
Not surprisingly, a lot of parents went up in arms regarding the drastic measures. Some even went as far as to suggest that the little girl be home-schooled. Of course, the costs associated with the measures taken by the school was brought into the equation as well.
As a parent, how do you feel about the choices the school district made to protect one of their students?
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