2011-03-24 / Letters

CF Nut Policy Not Safe

To The Editor,

I would like to comment on the article “Central Fulton Tackles Tough Policy Change.” Being a parent of a child with a severe nut allergy, I find this new policy to be an endangerment to my son! Many people do not realize that it is not the nut that sets off an allergic reaction, but it is the oils that are in the nut. Now out of all the children in the Central Fulton Elementary School how many are made to wash their hands after lunch? And is the cafeteria/gym then disinfected and washed completely after all meals? I would say probably not. So when my 4-year-old goes to the gym to play just like they did on Friday for bowling, he is now exposed to all sorts of nuts.

Who is now responsible for my son? He was 2 years old when we found out about the nut allergy. He was flown to Hershey hospital because the doctors in Washington County could not stop the anaphylactic shock. Do you all realize that at any moment this could have killed my son, and now because it is such an inconvenience to check a label and make sure that it does not contain any nuts or residues from nuts that my 4- year-old son will have to go to school in fear?

So, to the school administrators, I want to know what policies you will have in store to prevent my son from an allergic reaction. I also want you to read up on this allergy so that you are well informed of what my son will be faced with. This would be like giving a loaded gun to a child and saying, be safe ... at any moment the gun could go off and kill someone. You do not need to teach my 4-year-old the safety because he and his entire class already know the dangers.

I would like to take the time and thank the K4 teachers who do ensure that my son is safe at school and I think maybe the principal and those who are in charge of the school board should take a moment and learn something from the 4-year-olds at Central Fulton.

Mindi Graham

McConnellsburg

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