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Nurses Notes and Reminders

 

Food Allergies

Numerous students in our school have life-threatening food allergies, including allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and all other kinds of nuts. In addition there are students with other food allergies and students with dietary restrictions where snacks with high sugary content pose a concern with their diet.  

As many as 15 million Americans have food allergies, including approximately 6 million children. Food allergies can be potentially fatal, and there is no cure. The only way to avoid a reaction is to avoid the offending food.

We know that many parents like to celebrate birthdays and other occasions with special treats. We encourage you to celebrate with non-food items such as stickers, pencils, themed erasers, or other trinkets, rather than food. Any food sent in to share with students should be pre-packaged and contain an ingredient label. Please check with your child’s teacher in advance prior to sending food into school for the classroom.

To learn more about food allergies, you may visit the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network’s website, www.foodallergy.org.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. We look forward to a great school year!