ATTENTION: FOOD ALLERGY SAFETY GUIDELINES
We are writing to let you know that like most schools in Victoria, we have a number of students in our school that have potentially life-threatening food allergies. Children with food allergies can have life-threatening reactions with some exposures to even tiny amounts of allergen.
Our school has many young children who are still exploring their environment with their hands and mouths and frequently touch their face. In order to decrease their chance of allergic reactions, we are therefore putting the following safety guidelines into effect:
1. Please do not bring in any eggs, nuts, peanuts, peanut butter or related products to be eaten as snacks in the classroom and during break times. The purpose is to prevent children from developing allergic reactions through food-sharing.
2. Classroom projects that involve nuts, peanuts or peanut shells (art projects) will not be conducted during class or within school grounds. Please do not send any of these projects into the classroom with your child.
3. End of year parties and birthday parties are a special time for children. However, it can be a difficult time for the food-allergic child. If you would like to send in baked goods, please be careful about the ingredients. Please list the ingredients on the outside of the package. When preparing “treats”, please pay close attention to cross-contamination in your kitchen. To prevent cross-contamination, it is necessary that cooking utensils and preparation surfaces be carefully washed after each food is touched.
4. Children who ate eggs, nuts, peanuts, peanut butter or related products for snack should clean their hands with soap and water. Water alone does not do the trick! Similarly, if your child ate eggs, nuts, peanuts, peanut butter or related products for breakfast, we would greatly appreciate your help in making sure that his/her hands are washed with soap and water before leaving for school.
This is a learning process for all of us, but we trust that you understand how deeply important it is to adhere to these safety guidelines and ensure that every student in our school is able to learn in a safe and supportive environment.
Thank you for your commitment to our children.
Fo Guang Chinese School