Gluten-Free Does Not Mean Flavor Free
What Would You Do?
Someone asked what to do if your child’s teacher has informed you that your six-year-old child’s class will be making gingerbread houses for a class project and asks that you bring gluten-free options for your child to participate. There is a 504 plan in place and it states no gluten in crafts. The school also has a no food for celebrations policy. You tell the teacher that the best way to include him would be to pick an activity that is safe for everyone. She responds that it’s too bad that your child will not be able to participate.
Do you then take the risk of incurring the teacher’s wrath on your child by pushing back? Do you contact the school administration? Do you contact the teacher and ask her if they can make a version of the gingerbread houses that would be gluten-free? Such as making them out of cardboard or vegetables or poster board? Do you keep your kid home from school that day? Even if your kid has all gluten-free stuff to work with, what about cross-contamination? Do you feel that if you push back, that it's fair to the other children in the class?
What would you do if it was your child?