We have a couple of students with severe food allergies at the Surry Campus this year. Let's all work together to keep them safe. During the first couple of weeks, we will be talking to each of the classrooms about allergies and how we can look out for each other as well as watching an age-appropriate video explaining allergies. If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk with Matora or Carol Menck Keefe.

We want everyone to be aware so that if your child eats lunch in a classroom with a student with allergies you'll be ready. If they aren't currently in the class, they may get invited to eat there. This is also good information for our community events and potlucks

 
The 1st/2nd grade classroom
will be a nut and seed (includes sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, etc.) free zone due to a life threatening allergy. The severity of the allergy has increased to a include contact as well as ingestion and includes seeds and oils.
 
In order to keep all our students safe, the kindgergarten, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th classrooms will need to be a nut-butter and sun-butter free zone. We do this because peanut butter and other butter oils can remain on hands and can be transferred to common areas such as bathroom faucets.

What does this mean: 
**1st/2nd will be an entirely nut free and seed free safe haven. Please do not send any nut-butters (peanut, almond, sunbutter etc), or any other products with nuts or made in factories with nuts to school if your child is in the 1/2 class.  Snack ideas, click here.
**Grades K-6: No nut butters or sun butters. Other foods made with nuts are ok as long as they are not oily. 
**Grades 7-8: No change unless they are having lunch in Surry.

Here are a couple alternatives for those "desperate lunch packers" that have children that "live" on peanut butter. Soy butter (Wowbutter) and apple butter are safe. Other legumes are also safe. Make a date with your child to shop for these alternatives and see which one they like the most. Engaging them in the discussion will help increase understanding. We know this is hard, go ahead and acknowledge that. 
 
3rd/4th Grade Classroom

This year we have a student in the classroom with a severe allergy to eggs. In order to ensure the safety of all our students,please refrain from sending in hard boiled eggs, egg salad or deviled eggs. We are hopeful that this isn't too much of a disruption in the normal snack/lunch making routine since those items aren't usually all that popular with six and seven year olds. If you have any questions or need suggestions for alternatives don't hesitate to ask Matora or Carol Menck Keefe.

 
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