|Yes, that's two signs, but it does seem to capture the spirit of the protests!|
First there's bad news via Tracey Bailey on the Facebook page started to support her and her family during this difficult time. The school has caved to some of the protesters' demands and are no longer requiring children who have been in other classrooms which are not peanut free to wash their hands upon returning to her daughter's classroom. This is very disturbing for those of us who rely upon a public school to adhere to our children's 504 and Individual Health Plans to keep them safe.
The good news is that the school is trying to do some public education and is addressing the issue. The latest I've heard by way of our support group is that there will be a speaker from the local health department, but that neither FAAN nor FAI has been invited. I do not know if there will be a representative from either organization there anyway. Hopefully everyone will have the shouting worked out their systems, or at least be hoarse enough to give reasonableness a chance to be heard!
I truly hope that some of these parents who have seen this as a zero sum game, where the needs of another child being met take away from the education of their own, will discover that the effort needed to protect one little girl is minimal, and that their own child benefits tremendously from learning to treat others with compassion and respect.
If you'd like to show your support for the Bailey family and keep up with the news out of Edgewater, you can join the Facebook page, which is now creeping up on 1000 members. I will also post about the meeting itself in the next few days. Keep your fingers crossed!