FOOD ALLERGY GUIDELINES
We recognize that some children have severe food allergies and/or dietary needs that require special conditions. It is our goal and responsibility to maintain a safe environment for all students during the school day. The most effective way to accommodate a wide variety of food allergies is to implement grade specific guidelines that recognize developmental awareness of our elementary aged students. Kindergarten requires the most managed and restricted environment. As our students mature, we encourage them to take more responsibility for their food allergies and dietary needs.
Neil Cummins is an open campus during afterschool hours, weekends and holidays. As a result, we cannot guarantee that our students will not be exposed to nuts or other food residue left on the school grounds. We strongly encourage our parents to discuss precautions with their child to prepare for the possibility of exposure when they are at school. Due to the viscosity and unique nature of nut products, our district has implemented specific safety measures to meet the needs of students with nut allergies.
Kindergarten: Nut Free Classrooms and Kindergarten Playground
- All kindergarten families will be asked not to send or bring any nuts or nut products to the kindergarten campus.
- All students will eat in specific class locations based on dietary and food safety needs of their class.
- One classroom may be designated for any student requiring nuts/nut products in their diet.
First/Second Grades: Nut Restricted Classrooms and Lunch Recess
- Specific classroom(s) will be designated for students with nut or other food allergies.
- Students (Grade 1 & 2) in Nut Restricted classrooms will be asked not to bring nuts or nut products in their snack or lunch.
- Specific lunch tables will be designated as Nut Free to accommodate students who are Nut Restricted and peers from their class.
Third/Fourth/Fifth Grades: Nut Restricted Classrooms and Lunch Recess
- Specific classroom(s) will be designated for students who cannot have nuts in their diet and/or those with specific dietary needs and restrictions.
- Students (Grade 3-5) in Nut Restricted classrooms may bring nuts or nut products in their snack or lunch, but these foods may not be brought into the classroom. On days when students eat in their homeroom classrooms, children with nuts or nut products in their lunch will be asked to eat in another classroom.
- Students will choose which lunch table they want to eat at during the lunch period.
- Specific lunch tables will be identified as Nut Free during the lunch period for those who need them.
Our families are encouraged to share in the responsibility of educating their child(ren) of food allergies and recommended safety precautions, including frequent hand washing, hand wipes, and/or use of individual lunch mates, etc. The school nurse is available to discuss individual needs and concerns.
Patty Elliot, Principal
Julia Borst, RN, LCMSD Health Services Coordinator
Evelyn Bignardi, Health Liaison, Neil Cummins