Severe Food Allergy Policy

BE AWARE OF SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES!

We want all parents to be aware that some children in our school have severe, life-threatening food allergies to peanuts and other tree nuts. This is a medical condition called anaphylaxis that causes a severe reaction to specific foods and can result in death within minutes. We are requesting the entire school use discretion and consideration when choosing snacks that will be consumed outside of the school cafeteria (i.e. at recess, in the classrooms, during parties and other school activities, etc.) and be selective when sending snacks to school with your child – PLEASE RECOGNIZE SOME FOOD PRESENTS FATAL RISK TO STUDENTS WITH SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES! Please read all food and snack labels!

Foods brought into a classroom for snacks, parties, or other activities (including school parties and birthday treats), and which may present a serious risk to students with severe food allergies include:

  • Tree nuts such as cashews, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, etc. and food products that contain these ingredients. Please read the labels!

  • Peanut and products that contains peanuts such as granola bars with nuts, crackers with peanut butter filling, cookies with nuts or peanut butter filling.

    Suggested Safe Foods

  • Anything that doesn’t contain tree nuts or peanuts

  • Cheese, vegetables, fruits, chips, sweets, cakes, cookies or brownies (that contain no

    nuts), pretzels, popsicles, yogurt, Lunchables, and crackers, are also a few acceptable alternatives.

    When in doubt, please read the ingredients on the label! The label will usually indicate if the product contains nuts or nut products.

    PLEASE NOTE: Your child may bring peanut and other tree nut containing foods to be eaten at lunch in the cafeteria. Our school provides a controlled environment with a ‘peanut free table’ in the cafeteria at lunchtime to prevent accidental exposure. We’re asking that parents use discretion and consideration for students with potentially fatal severe food allergies when sending your student with snacks and/or food for parties and activities.

    If you have any questions, please contact our school health technician using the school/district contact information listed in this handbook.

    Thank you for your attention to this important health request!

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