At Prospect we have nine children who have anaphylactic (life threatening) allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds. It is the school's responsibility to take the threat to these children seriously and to ensure that we have as safe an environment as possible. To that end we strongly urge all parents not to include nuts or nut products, such as peanut butter, in your children's lunches or snacks. A mistake on our part has the potential for fatal consequences.
Safety In The Classroom
To help maintain an allergy safe environment we have established and reinforce rules such as discouraging students from sharing food with each other. In addition to Allergy Alert posters being placed prominently outside classrooms where students have allergies, all staff are aware of which children have allergies and are trained in how to respond if an allergic reaction should occur.
Food Allergies and Special Days
Special days like birthdays, Valentines, Easter and end-of-the-year parties are examples of celebrations with friends and food. However, since there are students in our school with life-threatening food allergies these students are especially at risk during these times. You can help to keep allergic students safe by celebrating with stickers, games or prizes instead of food. However, accepting “class treats” such as cupcakes from parents, for all of the students in a class, is an individual teacher's decision. Therefore, it is essential that you contact your child's teacher prior to bringing food of any kind to the classroom.
Finally, for children in all of our classes, we ask that you do not send any Valentine candies or other edible treats to school for children to share with others on Valentines.
Prospect Lake Staff