Food Allergies

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.

  • 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.

  • All foods should come in a package with a preprinted label that lists all the ingredients/foods.

  • If the food is homemade, send in the recipe/ingredients so that it can be reviewed.

  • If you are a parent of a child allergic to a food such as peanuts, nuts, milk, eggs, etc. provide your child with a container that has safe food for your child to eat and enjoy during birthday celebrations/class snacks. Parents/guardians of children with diabetes, PKU, celiac disease, etc. have been doing this for years and it has worked out well.

  • During holiday parties provide a special holiday food for your child.

  • If your child has a food allergy or another health condition offer to be a room parent.

  • Parents/guardians of children with food allergies and/or special dietary needs should educate their children about their specific food allergy and/or special dietary needs

  • The school can educate staff and students about food allergies and special dietary needs.

  • Classmates should not share food.

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