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New Peanut Product Protocol

Written by on September 6, 2017 Filed in District Announcements

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we welcome our students back for another school year, we wish to make you aware of changes regarding peanut butter in our cafeterias.

Our students’ safety is of the utmost concern to us, and we believe our new protocol strikes a fair balance between protecting our students with allergies, while still allowing parents to choose peanut butter as a cost effective and nutritional option for their child.

Peanuts and peanut products will no longer be served on the menu in any cafeteria in the District. Rather, we carefully selected a nut-free alternative product for the free peanut butter sandwich menu item. We will serve a 51% whole grain oatmeal bar, which comes in two sizes. The smaller size will be offered to UPK through grade 5 students, while the larger size will be offered to students in grades 6 through 12. The bars come pre-wrapped, and are peanut and tree nut-free. There will be various flavor options available, and students will be allowed to save the bars for later, if they wish. The prepackaged protein bars allow for students to do this more easily.

Although we will not serve any peanut products on our menus, we will allow students who bring their lunch to consume peanut products. However, we will ensure that all students with severe allergies are able to eat in a designated nut-free zone in the cafeteria.

This protocol was developed as the result of feedback and collaboration between parents, teachers, and our nurses and foodservice staff.

Please direct any questions or concerns to my office. I wish you a safe and successful school year.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Stanley J. Harper

 

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