This letter is to inform you that we have students on your child’s academic team that has a severe life threatening food allergy to tree nuts and/or peanuts. In order to protect the health and safety of this student, foods which contain peanuts or tree nuts are not allowed in the classrooms on your child’s academic team during regular class time.
Each school year, we work to educate all Wilson students about food allergies, and to inform them that a few students among their classmates might have severe reactions to some foods.
Key points that we emphasize with all of our students are:
Food allergies should be taken seriously because some can be life threatening
Food allergies are a part of who someone is, like eye or hair color
Tricks, teasing or bullying related to food is never okay
Children can learn how to support their friends who have food allergies
With the final point noted above,
we ask that parents do not send any foods that contain peanuts or tree nuts to school to be consumed in the classroom and that students inform an adult if they are concerned that their snack contains peanuts or tree nuts.
These are two of the most common and most dangerous food allergens likely to be brought into our school environment. While 7th and 8th grade students do not have a specific snack time in the morning as they did in the earlier grades, we ask that they not bring any food containing these items to school as an after school snack or a snack to be consumed at any time.
Lunchtime is less restrictive and children may continue to bring peanut butter sandwiches, etc., if they wish. Our dining areas each have a table where only students whose lunches do not contain peanut/tree nut products may sit and cleaning supplies are available to prevent cross contamination.
The increased incidence of food allergies and the potential for life-threatening reactions has caused us, in recent years, to conduct yearly discussions around the topic with students and teachers.
We thank you and your children for your cooperation in this matter. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call.
Teresa Carney, Principal
Betsy Steinberg MEd, RN, NCSN
Erin Sivak MSN, RN
Lisa Graves BS, RN