FOOD ALLERGIES/SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS
If a child is known to have a food allergy, parent/guardian shall notify the Superintendent or designee, in writing, and provide written medical documentation, signed by a physician, that describes the nature of the student's condition, instructions, and necessary medications. If the food allergy requires food substitutions or modifications in school meals, the written statement by the physician, shall also describe the specific foods to be restricted and the foods that should be substituted. The parent/guardian shall provide the school with emergency contact information and ensure it is updated annually and when changes occur.
Please view the following letter we send families when a highly peanut allergic child is at our school:
LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Alice C. Stelle Middle School
As our year begins, we want you to be aware we have several students attending our school who are severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and nut products. Our goal is for all students to be able to learn in an environment that is safe.
To accomplish this goal, we are asking for a nut/peanut safe environment at our school. Our cafeteria has eliminated nut products and nut oil from the menu. Our teachers will not be using peanut products for classroom activities. Classroom parties will not involve nut/peanut treats as outlined by our School Board and Administrative Policy 5141.27.
You can assist us in providing a safe environment for all our students. Prevention, of course, is the best approach for reducing the risk of a severe allergic reaction. Therefore,we are requesting your cooperation in refraining from sending nut products to school with your child. We realize that eliminating all peanut/nut based products is challenging,however, we are asking for your support in being selective and thoughtful about the items you send for your child’s snack and lunch.
Children who are allergic to nut products do not need to ingest them to have a significant
reaction, but may have a reaction from merely touching surfaces or items that have been in contact with nuts/peanuts. Please talk with your child about nut allergies and encourage them not to share food. Most students are genuinely concerned and want to
help their classmates.
When we consider that we may be putting another child in a life-threatening situation, we hope you will support our efforts to have a nut/peanut safe school campus. It can be a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn about caring and thinking of other’s needs.
We appreciate your support and understanding in providing a safe environment for all our students.
Alice Garcia, MSN, RN, CDE
Shari Keba, MSN, RN
Shaya Baird, MSN, RN