|Why does the entire school have to be nut-free?||Each food allergy case is unique. We have made the decision based on careful consideration of the needs in our school at this time. We are working on a comprehensive allergy policy and protocol for all MDIRSS schools.|
|What are some reliable sources to learn more about food allergies?||One of the best resources that we have found is the Food Allergy Management and Education document from Children’s Hospital St. Louis. The Center for Disease Control website also contains helpful information.|
|Can we have a nut-free table in the cafeteria?||This was seriously considered, but is not an option at this time.|
|Will this be for the rest of this year and next year?||We will be monitoring the needs of individual students with input from their medical providers and our school nurses. If at any time the need for a nut free school environment changes, we will notify the Pemetic community.|
|What if my child needs nuts for protein and doesn’t like anything other than peanut butter?||Peanut and tree nut butters are not currently allowed in the school setting. These can be enjoyed at home. Please see the list of safe alternatives listed.|
|What if my child brings in a food with nuts?||If nuts or nut products are accidentally brought to school, the student will be offered an alternative. The nut product will be kept in the principal’s office until the end of the school day and his/ her parents will be called.|
|What about sports, after-school activities and the bake sales?||All events in our school are “nut free”.|
|What about birthday parties?||For the safety of all children at our school, please do not bring in any home baked goods for your child’s class. Only single ingredient foods (such as a fruit plate) or packaged foods with the ingredient label present are allowed.|
|What are the nuts, besides peanuts, that should not be brought to school or in products sent to school?||Based on the list provided by the FDA these are what we are avoiding in our school
|What other foods/snacks are available to bring?||GREAT QUESTION!!! Here is a great list of alternative snack ideas for a nut free environment.|
|What about reading food labels?||If you are bringing in food to share with others, be sure the label does not say “may contain nuts” or “processed in a facility with nuts” even if there are no nuts on the ingredients label.
If the food is only for your child and there are no nuts on the ingredients list and you know this is a food they can tolerate, it is OK if the labels says “processed in a facility that contains nuts”.