Sample Letter to Parents for Creating a Peanut-Safe Classroom
I am writing to you on behalf of our student, ___________________________ and her/his parents.
____________________ is a 5 year old student in Mr./Mrs./Ms. _________________________ Grade ____ class. He has a life threatening reaction to peanuts and all types of nuts. If peanut butter or even the slightest amount of peanut or any type of nut enters his body (through his eyes, nose or mouth), his body triggers an immediate defence and sends out extra antibodies to fight the allergen. His body has very strong reactions: his face swells and breaks out in hives and his throat swells and tightens. Without immediate medical treatment he could die within minutes.
After discussion with school staff and other knowledgeable parties in the medical community, it has been suggested that the best way to provide a safe environment for ____________________ would be to enlist the support of the grade ______ parents to help make his classroom a “peanut and nut-safe environment.” This means that each child entering this grade 1-2 class is being asked to bring a peanut and nut-free lunch and snack. Though it sounds simple, it means no peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter cookies. Other foods like muffins, granola bars and cereals will require label reading before being packed in your child’s lunch and snack container. Our concern is that foods may contain “hidden” peanut or other nut ingredients. To help you plan peanut and nut-safe lunches and snacks, we are including a Peanut-Safe Lunches fact sheet suggesting healthy and nutritious alternatives to nuts and their by-products.
I realize this request may pose an inconvenience to you when packing your child’s snack and lunch, however, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for your support and understanding of this potentially life-threatening allergy. In the very near future, the school will announce a parent meeting where you can become better acquainted with this situation.
Adapted from material developed by staff at Middlesex-London Health Unit in collaboration with the Allergy Asthma Information Association and may be reproduced without permission provided that Middlesex-London Health Unit is properly acknowledged as the source. Revised June 2007 by WECHU.
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