1. a meeting with the teacher. ideally, this has already happened and the teacher is aware of what your child needs, but if that hasn't happened yet, don't panic. it's important, however, that this meeting happens BEFORE your child spends any time in the classroom. why is this so important, you ask? if the teacher isn't aware of your child's specific needs prior to him/her entering the classroom, there is no guarantee that the presence of gluten has been taken into consideration. chances are the teacher has his/her hands so full with the beginning of the year stuff that he/she isn't spending the first morning in the classroom baking cookies... but there are many other possible contaminants that need to be addressed. i'll give you the full rundown of those tomorrow, for now, know that scheduling that meeting is priority #1. in our case, we met with the principal and the resource teacher as well, as dane is the first celiac kid they'll have in the school and they are on board for the challenge of making the school a safe place for him and the kids to come.
good job mamas and papas, you're being great advocates for your kids -