Well, when you eliminate foods with all additives and preservatives containing gluten, foods naturally containing wheat or gluten, foods manufactured in a facility that also processes wheat AND add all the peanut allergy restrictions - there isn't much left to pack in a 6 year old childs' lunchbox! It was an extremely challenging and difficult year with my son coming home ravenous each day. Due to this restrictive diet he didn't gain a single pound for 6 months - and he was already underweight for his age.
After countless meetings, beginning the FIRST week of school, with the classroom teacher, school nurse, assistant principal, principal, a pediatric allergist and finally the District Superintendent, we came to a mutually agreeable resolution - the LAST week of the school year. Our son was granted a 504 Plan designed to ensure and protect his rights in the educational setting. It isn't a completely comprehensive document, but it is a step in the right direction. I'm hopeful that his next school year, as a 2nd grader, will prove to be more inclusive, more accommodating and full of educational and dietary nourishment.
If your child has Celiac Disease, I highly recommend obtaining a 504 Plan for him/her. This document will stay with them as they age, protecting their rights in the regular classroom, art room, cafeteria, science lab and on school field trips.