School District of Haverford Township
 
Understanding Food Allergy Issues
2015 - 2016
 
 
 
Dear Parents and Staff,
In an attempt to help you understand the food allergy issue with food in the classrooms, we are providing the following clarification:
 
1. If you are the teacher in a classroom which has NOT been designated as an Allergen Free Classroom
INDIVIDUAL CLASSROOM SNACK
LUNCH
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
SCHOOL INITIATED CELEBRATIONS
NO RESTRICTIONS
NO RESTRICTIONS
NON-FOOD CELEBRATIONS
**See Safe Foods List
Deviations from the safe foods list for celebrations requires permission from each family. * Discretion of the Principal to determine deviations.
  1. Generate a list of ingredients and food items and present to Principal (Teacher)
  2. Confirm with Principal and Nurse in advance of sending anything to families
  3. Send the list to each family (with permission to be included in the classroom and/or eat the food and/or bring alternative snacks)
  4. Monitor incoming names
       a. *Families can send in an appropriate snack
  5. Food entering building must be monitored
 2. If you are the teacher in a classroom that HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS AN ALLERGEN FREE CLASSROOM (example Nut Free Classroom)
INDIVIDUAL CLASSROOM SNACK
 
 
 
LUNCH
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
SCHOOL INITIATED CELEBRATIONS
RESTRICTED TO ALLERGEN FREE SNACK (example: if classroom is a nut free classroom, ALL students must refrain from bringing in snacks with nuts and oils).
NO RESTRICTIONS
NON-FOOD CELEBRATIONS
SCHOOL APPROVED SNACK LIST
ANY DEVIATIONS MUST BE COORDINATED BETWEEN PRINCIPAL, TEACHER, PARENT AND HOMEROOM PARENTS INVOLVED
 **BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
 
To honor your child's birthday, we ask that non-food celebrations be arranged with your child's teacher at least one week prior to their special day. To minimize  disruption to the instructional day, we also ask the these celebrations be limited to no more than 10 minutes. During morning announcements birthdays will be recognized and children will receive a gift from the office.
 
Suggested activities include:
  •  Reading a favorite book to your child's class
  • Donating a book to the classroom or school library with a birthday inscription
  • Asking your child's teacher to extend recess for the class by 10 minutes in honor of your child's birthday (teacher supervised recess)
  • Teaching the class a simple craft or art activity
  • Leading your child's class in a game
  • Providing a small token to classmates in honor of your child's birthday
  • Children make birthday cards and present them to their classmate


SDHT Department of Pupil Services and Special Education 8/8/2012
 
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