Many of you
may be aware that several of the children enrolled in our
school system have been diagnosed with serious food
allergies. Most of these students are allergic to nuts.
Peanut allergies claim more lives each year than any other
A child with a
serious food allergy can suffer a severe reaction by
ingesting trace amounts or simply touching a food item that
contains food they are allergic to. There are no cures for
food allergies, so strictly avoiding the allergy-causing
food is the safest plan.
We Need Your
Please help us
by voluntarily adhering to the following food allergy safety
- Do not
send any food items to be eaten as snacks in our
classroom with ingredient labels indicating they contain
peanuts or peanut butter.
- Do not
send any food items with ingredient labels indicating
they were manufactured in a factory that processes nuts.
Parties are a special time for children, but can be
difficult for the food-allergic child. When sending in
baked goods, please be careful about the ingredients, as
some brands/flavors of baking chips are processed in
factories containing nut products. Note that bakeries
often use the same bowls to prepare items with nuts and
those items without nuts.
will require that any child who eats peanut butter or
peanut products for lunch use a provided wipe to clean
their hands after eating.
your child ate foods with peanuts or peanut butter for
breakfast, please make sure that his/her hands are
washed with both soap and water before leaving for
carefully consider the special event treats such as
Halloween or valentine candies you choose for class
distribution, as you will be amazed which items contain
peanuts or are processed in a factory with nut products or
were processed in a facility that also manufactures food
containing common food allergens.
Many of the
children have been very thoughtful concerning this serious
situation. They remind us about our students with allergies
and ask if they can eat the snacks we are having. This is a
learning process for all of us, and we trust you understand
the necessity of these guidelines.
safest way to reduce food allergy risks in our classroom, is
to take the time to read ingredient labels carefully.
Thank you for
your support and cooperation.
information is available at
National Food Service Management Institute
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
US Food and Drug Administration