This year we have a student with a severe nut allergy.  The allergy includes peanuts and all other tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios, coconut, etc.) The student cannot ingest or touch anything that has a nut ingredient or produced in a factory with nuts (most chocolates have nut residues).  In order to keep our fellow student safe, it will be extremely important for our students (and families) to abide by the restrictions and safeguards that we will be putting in place.  During the first couple of weeks, we will be talking to each of the classrooms about allergies and how we can look out for each other as well as watching an age-appropriate video explaining allergies. If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk with Sharon, Matora or Marcia. In order to ensure his safety at school we are asking for a few things: 

  1. The 5/6 class to be an entirely nut free safe haven.  Please do not send any nut-butters (peanut, almond, etc), any other product with nuts or made in factories with nuts to school if your child is in 5th or 6th grade.  
  2. Aftercare to be an entirely nut free safe haven. Please do not send any nut-butters (peanut, almond, etc), any other product with nuts or made in factories with nuts to school if your child goes to aftercare.  
  3. Entire school to be free of any nut-butters.  Peanut butter and other butter oils can remain on hands and can be transferred to common areas such as bathroom faucets.

Here are a couple alternatives for those "desperate lunch packers" that have children that "live" on peanut butter.  

Nut Free Foods

Soy butter, apple butter and sun butter are all safe.  Hummus and other legumes are also safe.  Make a date with your child to shop for these alternatives and see which one they like the most.  Engaging them in the discussion will help increase understanding.  We know this is hard, go ahead and acknowledge that.

 

 

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