Sharing A Locker
Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:07 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:42 AM
"Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:54 AM
I think cross contamination could be a problem, but not a problem that couldn't be handled and still share a locker. I would be more concerned about hand-to-hand cross contamination (like locker mate eating a sandwich, then opening the locker - getting gluten on the handle) Your daughter would just have to be sure to wash her hands well before eating anything - not just before lunch.
I doubt crumbs from one lunch bag would get into another lunch bag.
However, having her own locker would certainly eliminate any chance, so it would be easier. I'd go for it and then just deal with it if the school says no. It can't hurt to ask.
I know by middle school I will probably be sending a small cooler in with my son (depending on what time his lunch is) and having additional space to accommodate that would be helpful. His lunches are almost all meat/dairy and need to be kept cold.
Maybe if you don't insist, but request it . . . like if there is enough lockers available and one is left over, could it go to your daughter . . . like it would be very helpful, but not necessary.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 12:50 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 04:01 PM
I am guessing you can have a conversation with the mother and student that she would share a locker with and come up with a plan - your daughter's lunches above the other student's. Perhaps the other student eat the school lunch and maybe this is not an issue?
In a 504 plan people also request access to a refrigerator or microwave if she's bringing in a special meal. You can also request that they clean the tables.
Does your district have a food allergy policy? Most states and districts do. I suggest you read through that.
This is the one for our district. Although technically celiac isn't an allergy many of the parts apply. It does clearly state who is responsible for what. I also suggest that you speak to the school nurse.
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