FOOD ALLERGIES and SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS:

The nurses @ GTPS are requesting parents/guardians to assist in helping children with peanut, nut, and other food allergies. We also want to help child that eat special foods because they have diabetes, celiac disease, PKU, autism, etc. Food allergies can be life threatening.  Children with special dietary needs can compromise their health if they eat certain foods. The risk of accidental exposure to foods that children are allergic to or cannot eat can be reduced/eliminated if parents/guardians, staff, students, and physicians work together to minimize risks and provide a safe educational environment for food allergic students and children with special needs

This process can be accomplished in the following ways:

When parents/guardians send in food for classroom celebrations- birthday, holiday, etc. contact the classroom teacher to see if any student has a food allergy.

Food allergies are very common. The peanut allergy is one of the Big 8 of food allergies. Approximately 1% of the US  population suffer from a peanut allergy.  Diabetes, celiac disease, autism, and PKU are also common in the school aged child.

The nurses and staff of GTPS want to be proactive in preventing food allergy emergencies and food related incidents.  We can only do this with your help.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email your building school nurse (CLICK HERE for the School Nurse Homepage).