Nut Free Policy
Periodically, we have cases of students with some kind of allergy or other medical condition and we try to make appropriate accommodations for these students. Usually, these accommodations are relatively minor—for example, giving students alternate assignments in Physical Education. We would like to make you aware of a much more serious concern at our school involving several students who have nut allergies so severe that they have experienced episodes of anaphylactic shock. When this occurs, the child allergic to the nuts is not able to breathe and the situation is life-threatening. To protect these children, we have declared the school a “nut-free zone.” To make the school a “nut-free zone,” we have received the cooperation of the ERA in the cafeteria; they do not use any nuts in their food recipes. We also need parents to help us by not packing snacks or making lunches that contain nuts.
The kinds of foods that should not come to school are the following:
• peanut butter- related foods;
• nuts and tree nuts including walnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, hazelnuts, coconuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, etc.;
• Nutella and other hazelnut spreads (which are often disguised as a chocolate spread);
• desserts, candy, and cookies sprinkled with or containing nuts;
• anything containing coconuts (drinks included).
Many foods might contain nuts that you might not be aware of. Please look at labels carefully. We will continue talking to students in the classes about the seriousness of the issue and asking them for their help. We know that it presents some unique challenges, but please understand that we are not simply accommodating for a mild allergic reaction; rather, we are preventing a life-threatening incident from occurring. We appreciate your help with this matter and thank you for your patience and cooperation, as we try to maintain the safety of all our students at our school.