Food Allergies and Outside Food Brought into the Building
Dear Lynnewood Family,
The district is providing you with the following information to help you understand the food allergy issue in the classrooms and school, and to set policy for birthdays and school celebrations. This information and the Safe Foods List are also available on the school and district websites.
Two important policy notes:
1) Birthday celebrations will not include the consumption of food or drink. Alternative suggestions for birthday celebrations are included below. We encourage you to participate in one of the listed activities.
2) School/Grade level initiated celebrations should use the Safe Foods List as a guide, but can deviate from the list under the consult of the principal and nurse. Any deviation must be communicated to each family included in the celebration. *The Safe Foods List is available here.
Lynnewood’s organization to accommodate allergies
A. ALLERGEN FREE CLASSROOMS (example: Nut Free Classroom)
1. INDIVIDUAL CLASSROOM SNACK RESTRICTED TO ALLERGEN FREE SNACK (example: if classroom is a nut freeclassroom, ALL students must refrain from bringing in snacks with nuts and nut oils).
* Healthy snacks are encouraged!
*Students will wash hands frequently.
2. LUNCH - NO RESTRICTIONS
3. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - NON-FOOD CELEBRATIONS
4. SCHOOL-INITIATED CELEBRATIONS - APPROVED SNACK LIST
B. Classrooms NOT been designated as an Allergen Free:
1. CLASSROOM SNACK - NO RESTRICTIONS
2. LUNCH - NO RESTRICTIONS
3. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - NON-FOOD CELEBRATION
4.SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS - APPROVED LIST
ANY DEVIATIONS MUST BE COORDINATED BETWEEN THE PRINCIPAL, TEACHER, PARENT, AND HOMEROOM PARENTS INVOLVED
Deviation from the Safe Foods List for celebrations requires permission from the teacher, principal and school nurse.
1. The HR parent and teacher will generate a list of ingredients and food items.
2. They will present the list to principal and nurse for approval in advance of communication to families.
3. They will send the food and ingredient list to each family included in the celebration.
4. The teacher will obtain written approval of food planned to be presented at celebration from parent/guardian of child with food allergy.
5. Each family must consent in writing that their child may participate.
+ Non-consenting families should send an appropriate snack for their child using the Safe Foods List as a guide.
6. Food entering the building will be monitored by school personnel
To honor a student birthday, we ask that non-food celebrations be arranged with the teacher at least one week prior to their special day. To minimize disruption to the instructional day, we also ask that these celebrations be limited to no more than 10 - 15 minutes.
Instead of consumable items consider the following:
· 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 community meeting time for the class by 10 minutes in honor of your child’s birthday
· Teaching the class a simple craft, art activity or game
· Providing a small token to classmates in honor of your child’s birthday
· Engage the class in an activity that centers on reading, drawing and/or other interests your child may have
· Engage the class in a cultural activity that will expose our students to something unique about a particular background