Wednesday, October 10, 2007
It is official, Nanny is nuts!
Rather, let me put it this way, she is nuts about nuts.
George Hall-Lambert, aged 11, has been banned from his new school because he has a nut allergy.
George went to the new school (Howden School and Community College in Goole) for a mere 4 days, before Nanny's minions told him to stay away until a "risk assessment" was carried out. Seemingly he has been labelled a "health and safety hazard".
Pass the sick bag someone!
Mrs Hall-Lambert, his mum, is having him taught at home now whilst Nanny frets about the nut issue.
George was diagnosed with the allergy when he was 18 months old. He was pupil at the village primary school, where no problems arose.
However, when he transferred to Howden School and Community College Mrs Hall-Lambert told the school of his allergy, and the junior school forwarded a file with notes on his medical condition.
Mrs Hall-Lambert then said:
"He had only been there four days
when I was called into school to
see the head teacher as a matter of urgency.
He told me he was asking me to take George
home as the school had no policies in
place to deal with George's nut allergy.
He said the school needed to carry out
a risk assessment and an analysis of
George's situation to see what could be done.
In the meantime he is out of school indefinitely.
They won't let him back in school
until everything has been sorted out
and he is classed as safe.
If he went back now they say
he would be a health and safety risk."
To whom for fark's sake????
Surely, a simple solution would be for the school to ask Mrs Hall-Lambert to sign a waiver absolving them of any responsibility for any cock up relating to nut issues?
George carries a special pen-like device which he has been taught to inject adrenalin into his thigh should be suffer a sudden allergic reaction, which he has never had to use.
If he suffered a large anaphylactic shock, however, it could render him unconscious and in need of assistance. He wears a tag around his neck to alert people of his medical condition which also includes a latex allergy.
Andrew Williams, headteacher of Howden School, said:
"We are working with the parents,
health professionals and representatives
of the local authority to reach an acceptable
solution to this situation as soon as possible.
My main concern is to ensure that we meet
the health and welfare needs of all students
in our care to deliver a high quality education."
The East Riding education authority said the school was following local authority and Government guidance "in ensuring that George can access his entitlement to education in a safe environment."
All that is needed here is some common sense to be exercised by the school, local authority and George's parents.
Sadly, in nanny's Britain, common sense is somewhat lacking these days!