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Parent Letter and Safe Snack List

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardian, August, 2017

The Southwest Valley High School and the Corning Elementary are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of the children in our school.

We have students attending school this year that have severe peanut/nut allergies. Strict avoidance of peanut/nut products is the only way to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. The school is asking your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment.

If exposed to peanut/nuts, the student may develop a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment. The greatest potential for exposure at school is to peanut and nut products. To reduce the risk of exposure, all classrooms and lunch rooms will be peanut/nut free. Please do not send any peanut or nut containing products for your child or others to eat for snack or sack lunch. In addition, if your child has eaten peanuts or nuts prior to coming to school, please be sure your child’s hands are thoroughly washed prior to entering the school.

Avoidance, education, awareness and preparedness are the four keys to management of a nut allergy. Peanuts may be concealed in processed and baked goods. Examples include baked goods, candy, cereals, chili, cookies, dips, ice cream and some sauces. Please check all labels of snacks and foods being sent to school. If foods are labeled as “may contain tree nuts or peanuts,” “has ingredients of peanut oil,” or “processed in a nut-containing facility,” the snack or food will be returned home.

Our school Peanut/Nut Aware Policy states that all treats must be store bought and pre-packaged. The ingredients must be clearly listed on the packaging. This allows the ingredients to be checked before distributing to students. Please consider non-food treats for special occasions such as colorful pencils, erasers, stickers, notepads, small toys, etc.

I have attached a list of snacks/foods that are probably safe for bringing to school. However, we have learned in the past year, manufacturers changed their labels frequently so please read the label every time. We have also learned that the brand name of something may be labeled differently than the off-brand.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Our number one priority is keeping our students safe at school. We appreciate your diligence to this matter. Please contact me at school for questions.

Sincerely,

Lindsey Hogan, RN, BSN

School Nurse

 

Safe Snack List.docx.pdf

 

 

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