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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:34 pm 
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In my class at school the children and teachers use classroom scissors (the ones the children use for art and other things) to open food packages. Since I do not have any allergic children in my class, this is not an issue or I never even thought of it actually until yesterday. I was looking at how dirty the scissors were in the class. We use them to open yogurt tubes, fruit snacks, packaged baked goods etc. The yogurt is especially messy and usually leaves a sticky mess on the scissors.

I am going to ask my daughter's teacher if class scissors are used in the same way in her class. My daughter is allergic to milk, egg and peanuts. If she used yogurt covered scissors for art or the scissors were used to open any of her food packages it would be a problem! Actually I really try to send her food in easy to open containers and if I send any packaged food like fruit snacks I cut it open and put the package in a plastic baggy. The less her food is touched by others the better.

Just thought I would mention the scissor issue - it's a small thing but I would guess this could be a common problem in other schools.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:14 pm 
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Wow - this is why I like support groups and forums - it means there are lots of other people out there noticing things that I would either not see or not think of!

Xavier too is allergic to milk, egg, and peanuts, and will be starting school next year. This will be another thing that I put on my list of things to check out/mention in our "risk reduction plan" for him.

Thanks Kate!

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 6:49 pm 
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Hey Katec!

I think its really good that you put that on there because thats something a lot of people don't think about. I know when I was in elementry school they did the same thing and I didn't think about it. So you'll probably open people's minds a little bit that even little things like unclean scissors can set off an allergic reaction.


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 8:02 pm 
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Happy to help - and give inside tips on how things work at schools!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:15 pm 
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Location: Kanata, Ontario
As a teacher I DO not only cut open stuff with scissors but also encourage the kids to do so...

This will change.

Another thing I do is take my scissors home once every couple of months and run them thru the dishwasher.

Stefanie


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