We as a school district are in a unique position to help shape and promote healthy eating choices along with overall wellness. Each year, we have several students with very serious, life-threatening allergies in our schools. Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 6% of children in the United States, and 23% of students (with no known allergies) have their first allergic reaction at school. A child with a serious allergy can have a severe reaction which could be life threatening merely by touching a certain food. In addition, Franklin Public Schools aims to help mitigate childhood obesity and model desirable eating patterns. Therefore, we are instituting specific food guidelines for our classrooms:
- Snacks that are brought into the classroom each day must be fruits, vegetables, meat, yogurt, or cheese. Examples include fresh fruit, applesauce pouches, fruit cups, raisins, carrots, celery, peppers, string cheese, cheese cubes, deli meat, meat sticks. Items such as crackers, pretzels, chips, and bars may not be brought for snack into the classroom, because they are common items that contain or are exposed to nut products.
- For birthday celebrations, please do not send food items. Consider sending non-food items to school (pencils, stickers, slinky, trading cards, etc), donate a book to their classroom library, or talk to your child’s teacher about ideas you might have to make your child feel special. Thank you for celebrating with food treats at home.
- Students will have access to nut free tables if needed in our lunchrooms.
We trust that you understand how important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines for the safety and health of the children in our classrooms. If throughout the course of the year you have any health related questions or concerns about food-allergy issues, please do not hesitate to contact Lori O’Neil, School Nurse at 525-7624 or Molly Kaul, School Nurse at 525-7622.
Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy school year.
Student Wellness Committee
For more information, please visit: www.aap.org, www.cdc.gov, www.foodallergy.org www.foodallergyinitiative.org , www.chw.org