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Allergy Info

Dear Parents:
 
I feel it is important to inform our parent community of the needs of a growing number of JM students who are severely allergic to certain foods. For those of us with children who do not have this difficulty, it may seem unnecessary; however, if you can imagine your child being in a life-threatening situation due to such an allergy, it does take on a new meaning and level of concern.   Avoidance of certain products is the only way to prevent severe allergic reactions. Therefore, we are asking your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment.
 
If exposed to certain allergens (for example, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and/or egg products,) some students may develop severe reactions. Students with peanut allergies may develop a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical care. A severe reaction may also be triggered by touching, smelling, or coming in contact with items containing peanuts or tree nuts. In order for these students to safely participate fully in all school activities, we are requesting that all parents consider alternatives for foods containing nuts or nut products for snacks, lunch, parties and special events. 
 
Also, as a general safety practice, we encourage you to periodically remind your child not to share food or accept food from other students.
 
The parents of allergic children and the school administration will be taking a very active role in managing individual allergy concerns, but your help is also needed and appreciated.  Please see our web site (Administration – Allergy Info) for information and suggested snack lunch ideas. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to safeguard these students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
Joan Danilson
Principal

FOOD ITEMS THAT CONTAIN PEANUTS OR TRACE AMOUNTS OF NUTS

 PLEASE AVOID IN LUNCHES AND SNACKS

  • Bakery items, even those without nuts, due to cross contamination
  • Candy corn
  • Cereals – read ingredients; will state nut products
  • Chili
  • Chocolate covered candies or candy bars and most chocolate based candy, including All Hershey’s chocolate, MMs (both plain and peanut), Peanut Butters Cups, Nestle
  • Crunch Bars, Nestle Chocolate chips, Whoppers candy (any malted type candy) and any
  • Candy bars with nougat
  • Any European made chocolate
  • Most Chinese/Thai/Indian cuisine due to common use of nuts in recipes and the possibility ofcross contamination
  • Granola and granola bars – including chocolate covered
  • Health bars – Clif Bars, Power Bars
  • Peanut butter, peanut oil and peanut flour
  • Pesto sauce
  • Popcorn – if cooked in peanut oil
  • Potato chips – most are okay, check label
  • Rizt Bitz – cheese and peanut butter filled
  • Jelly Bellies – due to cross contamination from peanut flavored Jelly Belly
  • “Mother’s” brand cookies
  • “Lunchables” – some varieties have nut containing candies – please avoid these

 

WHEN READING LABELS, PLEASE CHECK FOR, AND AVOID SENDING ITEMS TO SCHOOL WITH THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS

almonds, Brazil nuts, nan-gai nuts, artificial nuts, caponata, natural nut extract, cashews, chestnuts, nougat, filbert/hazelnuts, gianduja, nut butters, hickory nuts, macadamia, nuts, nut meal, mandelonas                            marzipan/almond paste nutmeat, nut paste, nut pieces, pecans, pinenuts, pistachios, pralines