Food Preparation - Severe Peanut/Treenut Allergies:
Our population of students includes some with severe, life-threatening allergies to any product containing peanuts or tree nuts (i.e walnuts, pistachios, cashews, almonds, coconuts, etc.). In order to assure their safety, please assign deliberate attention when packing student snacks and lunches. A comprehensive and regularly updated Guide of Snacks Free of Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Eggs can be accessed by clicking on http://snacksafely.com/safe-snack-guide/. (Please note: Although this guide also lists foods that are free of eggs, our environment only needs to be free of peanuts and tree nuts. Items containing egg are safe).
Please note: Although peanuts/tree nuts may not be an obvious ingredient in certain common foods, it is possible that it an item is processed in a plant that has traces of these allergens. Check all labels to assure not only does it not directly contain peanuts/tree nuts but that it is also not labeled with versions of the following statements:
o "May contain peanuts and/or tree nuts"
o "Manufactured/produced on a shared line with products containing peanuts/tree nuts”
Please be aware that Colorado State law governs our medication policy. Students are not permitted by law to carry on them or hold in their backpacks any over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, Sudafed, cough drops, etc.). Parents are welcome to come and administer their student’s medication on-site, and in such an event, we request that this is done in the health room. If your child must take medication during school hours, and you will not be coming in to administer it, you must provide the following before we administer it:
- A written doctor’s order (including drug name, dose, time, duration of treatment, doctor’s and parent’s signature). This includes all over-the-counter medication. The only exception is cough drops, which may be given with written parent permission. PLEASE NOTE: The pharmacy label applied to the medication bottle will not suffice for a doctor’s order.
- Medication, including cough drops, must be in the original bottle, complete with label. Medication cannot be given if it comes in a baggie, envelope, plain bottle, etc.
- All medications must be kept in a locked cabinet in the health room. If a student must carry a medication on him or her, such as an inhaler, Epi-Pen or Diabetes supplies, the physician order must state this and the student must sign a self-carry contract.
- The medications provided to the health room will not be available outside of school hours. For after school activities parents should discuss health conditions with the staff member who is in charge of that activity. We are happy to coordinate training of staff, but please be aware that staff does not have after school access to the health room supplies.
- If your child has a health condition such as asthma, allergies, diabetes or seizure disorder a health care plan will need to be devised. This gives guidance to the staff regarding your child’s health issue. Please contact the school health assistant immediately if this pertains to your student.
All students must have current and up-to-date immunizations in order to participate in school. The only exception to this is if the parent signs an exemption for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
All students need to be compliant with their immunizations or they will be excluded from attending school. Your nurse or health assistant will contact you soon after the beginning of the school year to inform you if your child is out of compliance, meaning he or she is missing immunizations.
If you have any questions regarding these policies or immunization requirements for Colorado students, please call the health room.
The District 49 Wellness and Nutrition policy outlines the kinds of food items that are acceptable for our special celebrations to include parties and birthdays. The guidelines include a list of acceptable food items that cannot exceed 100 calories, have 0 trans fat and ideally contain less than 4 grams fat and less than 9 grams sugar. Due to these new guidelines and our already food-sensitive student population, , we are not allowing students to bring in any edible treats for birthdays and other celebrations. Please consult the non-food celebration items below for ideas. Note: Any food items supplied will be sent home with the student and not distributed in our classes.