Chester M. Stephens Elementary School
Food Allergy Management Policy

Life threatening food allergies affect 1 in 13 children in the United States. While there are various food allergies amongst our student population, peanut and tree nut products can leave oil and residue behind which can increase potential chance of exposure that could trigger an adverse reaction. The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is an allergic EMERGENCY. It is a rapid, severe allergic reaction that occurs when a person is exposed to an allergen (an allergy-causing substance), and can be life-threatening.


CMS limits where our students are permitted to eat peanut and tree nut food products.

Peanut and tree nut food products are not permitted to be consumed in the classrooms during snack time or for scheduled classroom parties. Foods containing peanuts and tree nuts may only be consumed in the cafeteria during lunch. There is a designated allergy-friendly table in the school cafeteria at which students with food allergies may sit, where nut products are not permitted.

Some points to be aware of concerning food allergies and management in school:

NO SHARING FOOD All students should not be sharing food with one another. This is a crucial factor in the prevention of allergic reactions.
NO NUT PRODUCTS IN CLASS All snacks to be eaten in the classroom should be free of peanuts, tree nuts and traces of these products.
• Students with food allergies should only be eating foods sent in from home or with parent consent.
For all students: Snacks from home should be packed separately from lunch to avoid cross-contamination, especially when the lunch contains a nut product. Help your student by designating which food is to be eaten for snack in the classroom.

• HANDWASHING Wash hands before and after eating. It's good practice for all.

Thank you for working with us to keep students safe and allergy aware.

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