Food Safety Policy
Carroll Lower School Food Safety Policy
The Carroll Lower School abides by a “peanut aware” policy. Our guidelines come from recommendations from the Department of Public Health. Food allergies can be life threatening and the Carroll School is committed to offering a safe educational environment for all students including students with food allergies. Cooperative efforts between students, parents, physicians, and school staff members can help minimize risks. When our school learns that a child with a severe allergy is enrolling, the school will work with the parents and a pediatric allergist to determine the precautions and procedures needed to be put in place to support this child’s safety and well-being. Depending on the severity of the allergy, the school will work in collaboration with the family and the pediatric allergist to implement precautions and procedures to protect the child.
The Carroll Lower School has adopted the following school-wide protocols:
- There will be no food sharing among students
- All students will wash their hands before and after eating
- All tables and desks will be wiped down by an adult after eating
- Birthdays and special celebrations will not include sharing food. Treats must be non-food items.
- During infrequent all school events when food is available, an approved nut/peanut free food station will be available and parents will be notified that food products are involved in an activity
- Some classrooms will be deemed peanut and nut free, and in this case, parents are required not to pack any products with peanuts or nuts or products not made in a peanut free environment.
- In common eating areas, nut free tables will be assigned for children with allergies
If there is a child in a classroom who has a life threatening allergy which warrants a nut or other restricted environment, we will declare that classroom to be peanut/ nut or other free and parents will hear from their classroom teacher directly about the protocol for your specific classroom.
We realize that accomplishing this goal of having a peanut/nut or other safe class will require an uncompromising commitment to educate ourselves as to which foods contain peanuts/nuts, peanut oils and peanut dust, and to seek out appropriate foods for snacks and treats that may be sent into the classroom. Additionally, if your child eats or handles food that contains peanuts/nuts, peanut oils or peanut dust on a school morning, he/she must wash their hands before coming to school.
Parents have requested a list of peanut and or nut free products. The advice we have received is that such lists are unreliable as food production changes frequently and what is considered safe and peanut or nut free could easily change. Again, as a peanut aware community, we need to make a commitment to continue to educate ourselves and to be vigilant about reading food ingredients and processing conditions.
If you have any questions, please contact our health office for more information by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 781-259-8342 and request Jayne Moore, School Nurse.