It’s that time of year again. Many school’s are sending out allergy letters. However, these letters only tend to cover peanut. I am posting a sample letter that I wrote that I would like to see more of, Notice I didn’t single ANY allergen out.. thoughts on this?
Welcome to another school year. We would like you to know that we have many children in our school that have life- threatening food allergies. In the United States top 8 foods account for 90% of food allergic reactions (Milk, Egg, Peanut, Tree nuts, Fish, shell fish, Soy and wheat), Keep in mind though over 170 foods have been identified to cause anaphylaxis.
It is impossible to eliminate all potential allergens for a building; however, it is possible to reduce the risk. Below are some steps to reduce risk and keep allergic students included in class events and activities.
- Hand Washing – This is the most important thing, proper hand washing has been proven to was away food protein and germs. However, Hand sanitizers will not work. Wipes like wet one’s work. Please stress to your children the importance of hand washing.
- Wiping down desks and tables.
- Minimizing food in the classroom if possible, otherwise please communicate with the teacher of individual needs.
- Notification of food in the classroom for events – Please notify the school of what you plan to bring in with labels and 1-week advance warning.
- No sharing of food- While this may seem rude, please discourage your child from offering food to others or taking food from others.
Understanding food allergies and how to protect others along with having the proper medications available in school helps us protect children with food allergies.
As a school community we look to protect the health and safety of all our students. We appreciate your attention and consideration to help us reach this important goal.