PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE POLICY AND GUIDELINES

 

As we face a growing number of children dealing with food allergies and, specifically,  potentially life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, 

we have decided we will be a peanut and tree nut free preschool beginning with the

2016-2017 school year.  As a school dedicated to some of the youngest members of our community, we understand that many of our students are not old enough to make sound and safe decisions when it comes to what should go into their mouths and are less able to manage their allergies independently.  Many preschool-aged children are not yet aware of potential food allergies.  While our faculty and staff do an excellent job of sanitizing playing surfaces, toys, tables, and chairs and monitoring snacks and lunches brought into preschool, there are some children within our school who could have a serious life-threatening allergic reaction from contact with even a microscopic amount of the offending foods.  Therefore, we have decided to make

Plaza Weekday School a peanut and tree nut (Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts) free school.

*There may be additional restrictions based on needs of individual children

 All snacks and lunches served by the preschool will need to be peanut and tree nut free.  

We  ask that no peanut or tree nut products be brought into school.  Foods that are sent in for snack and lunch should be carefully checked to make sure they do not indicate that they "contain or may contain peanuts or tree nuts."  Foods that are intended to be shared among the class must not "contain or possibly contain peanuts or tree nuts" nor may they be "made in a facility or on equipment that processes peanuts or tree nuts."  We realize and regret this policy eliminates the sharing of homemade goodies, but the health and safety of all our students must take priority.  Families can help ensure that our school stays peanut and tree nut free by reading packaging labels and reminding children not to share food with other children at school.  

For birthday  recognition, parents may opt to send in a book or visit the class as a guest reader as a safe and healthy alternative.  The goal of this policy is to promote the wellness and safety of all students and limit any opportunity for any child to be exposed to foods that could harm him/her.

 

We appreciate your cooperation with this policy - the sacrifice of not having peanut or tree nut products in the school is a small one to make compared to the consequence a child with severe allergies could face.  

 

*In order to make it as safe and easy as possible at shared snack time, we ask that you only send in fruits, vegetables and yogurts, cheese and popcorn from the approves lists below. Please remember to slice and chop everything into bite size portions. We will provide various crackers, gold fish etc. per an approved safe list. Any snack foods not on the list will need prior approval. (see next page)

 

 PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE SNACK OPTIONS

 

Fruits and Vegetables

 

 

·         Apples

 

·         Bananas

·         Baby Carrots

·         Oranges

·         Watermelon

·         Cucumber

·         Bell Peppers

·         Grapes

·         Strawberries

·         Peaches

·         Pears

·         Plums

·         Blueberries

·         Raspberries

·         Cherries

·         Cantaloupe

·         Sun Maid Raisins – Not the yogurt or chocolate covered ones

·         Delmonte Fruit Cups

·         Kraft String Cheese

·         Kraft Sliced Cheese

·         Kraft Cheese Cubes

·         Yogurt – Yoplait

·         Fruit Snacks – Betty Crocker, Annies Organic.

·         Popcorn – Pop Secret, Act 11, Jolly Time, Orville Redenbacher

 

 

 

PEANUT BUTTER ALTERNATIVES/SPREADS FOR LUNCHES

 

•Don’t Go Nuts Soy Butter – Chocolate, Cinnamon Sugar, Lightly Sea Salted, Pure Unsalted, Slightly Sweet

•Gerbs Sea Salted Butters – Pumpkin, Sunflower

•I.M.Healthy SoyNut Butter – Chocolate, Honey Creamy, Honey Chunky, Original Creamy, Original Chunky, Unsweetened Creamy, Unsweetened Chunky

•SunButter Sunflower Seed Spread – Creamy, Natural Creamy, Natural Crunch, Natural No-Stir, Natural No-Stir On the Go, Natural Omega-3, Organic Unsweetened

•Wowbutter – Peanut Butter Taste Creamy, Crunchy Muffin Town SunWise SunButter and Grape Jelly Sandwich [EGG processed in facility]

 

*Peanut/tree nut safe bread products are challenging because of so much change in the industry. CHECKING LABELS is the safest way to know if a bread item is safe. Here are some brands that typically offer safe options, but please verify the ingredients first!

·         Udi’s

·         Rudi’s

·         Some Pepperidge farms

·         Thomas English muffins

·         Some tortilla and pita chips