You’ve all read the headlines and seen the news stories: food allergies are a growing concern in schools across America. Millions of children—children who are perfectly healthy and normal in every other way—must watch every single bite they eat, or risk suffering a severe or even life threatening reaction. In fact, food allergies claim an estimated 150 lives and are responsible for more than 125,000 emergency room visits each year. A major health issue such as this must be taken very seriously, and it has always been the policy of this school to make the safety and well-being of our students our top priority.
A student in our first grade class has a serious peanut/tree nut allergy—the food allergy that claims more lives each year than any other. A child with a serious peanut/tree nut allergy can suffer a reaction merely by touching a peanut-containing food. Therefore, we are putting the following safety guidelines into effect for both first grade classes:
This is a learning process for all of us, but we trust that you understand how deeply important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. If throughout the course of the year you have any questions or concerns about food-allergy-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy school year.