Welcome to First Grade!!!
We are going to have a fun-filled year with lots of learning! I’m looking forward to working with you and your child this year. Please check our website for upcoming events and information about our class. This will be the best year yet!!!
September 11, 2018
Dear Parents or Guardians,
Occasionally a health concern arises in the school setting that requires enlisting the support of parents and classmates to help make the classroom a safe and healthy place for all. This letter is to inform you that a student in your child’s classroom has a severe allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Strict avoidance of all peanut, tree nut, sesame and sunflower seed products is the only way to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. Even touching a small amount of a product or accidental ingestion of a food product containing these could result in a life-threatening situation. We are asking your assistance in providing the student with a safe learning environment.
The problem with peanuts/tree nuts is that they are used in many, many foods; sometimes food ingredients come in contact with peanuts/tree nuts or peanut oil or dust during their manufacture, thus rendering them unsafe for allergic children. Food products such as granola or trail mix may likewise cause a reaction as many of them contain nuts or nut products. Attempting to remove visible peanuts/nuts/seeds from products does not make them peanut/nut free since nut dust or oil may remain to cause a reaction. Commercial bakeries sometimes add products such as almond extract or nut dust to enhance flavors.
To reduce the risk of exposure, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hummus and sunbutter will NOT be allowed in your child’s classroom any longer. These guidelines DO NOT affect eating in the lunchroom. Please do not send any products containing the above items for your child to eat during snack in the classroom. Please read ingredients labels carefully. Any exposure to these foods through contact or ingestion can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction requiring emergency care.
We realize that accomplishing this goal of having a peanut, tree nut, sesame, and sunflower safe classroom will require an uncompromising commitment to educate ourselves as to which foods contain peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, peanut oils and peanut dust and to seek out appropriate foods for snacks and treats that may be sent into the classroom. Additionally, if your child eats or handles food that contains peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, peanut oils, or peanut dust on a school morning, he/she must wash their hands before coming to school.