A Note About Allergies

A Note About Allergies

     Based on policy set by the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District concerning food allergies, parents of children who are anaphylactic to a food are required to bring in a safe snack that can be housed in the nurses's office freezer or the classroom for the allergic student to consume in the event that an anticipated or unanticipated celebration occurs during the school day. The allergic student is only permitted to eat the snack that is brought/sent in by his or her parent. No outside food is allowed to be served to a child with an allergy that could cause anaphylaxis.

No faculty member or classroom helper is authorized to make the determination whether a food is safe or unsafe for an allergic child. That determination can only be made by the parent of the allergic child during school hours.

It is for the safety of the students that this policy is strictly enforced. Therefore no outside food will be served to a child with an allergy that could cause an anaphylactic reaction to occur.

With this in mind here are the guidelines we will use in our classroom in order to be sensitive to the needs of children with food allergies during class parties: 

  • You will be notified of class parties via my online monthly newsletter and/or online monthly calendar. 
  • All parents are welcome to these parties. If you are unable to attend in order to monitor your child's food choices, you must send in a safe treat for your child in his/her backpack that they can enjoy during the party. 
  • Due to the policy listed above and for your child's safety, if no treat is sent from home, we are unable to give them anything to eat.

The parties our class will be hosting throughout the year are: 

Class Parties:  such as Halloween, Winter, Valentines' Day, St. Patrick's Day, and End of the Year Party. If you want to know what is being served at these parties, you can contact the room parent before each party. 

Yahoo Parties: 
Yahoo Parties are a class reward for collective good behavior. They can be earned at any time so I am never sure when they will occur.  In past years we have had between 4 to 6 Yahoo Parties throughout the year. Once the children fill up the Yahoo Cup, I usually have the Yahoo Party a day or two later so I have time to get the supplies needed. Every Yahoo Party has a different theme and the food usually matches that theme. I will do my best to email you as soon as the class earns the Yahoo Party and let you know what food will be involved. 

It may work out best for your child if you provide a supply of safe, non-perishable treats ahead of time that can be stored in our classroom or items that can be kept in the nurse’s office freezer. They can be on hand so your child does not need to feel left out of any class celebrations.

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