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Important- Nut Allergies

Some students have a severe allergy to peanuts and all types of nuts including sesame seeds and sesame oil. If peanut butter or even the tiniest amount of peanut or any type of nut enters their bodies (through their eyes, nose, or mouth), they could experience very strong reactions. Their faces may swell or break out in hives, or their throats may swell and tighten. Without immediate medical treatment they could die within minutes.

It has been suggested that the best way to provide a safe environment for our students would be to enlist the support of all of you to try and make our school as much as possible a "peanut and nut-free environment". This means that each student entering our school is asked to bring snacks and lunches free of any peanuts or other nuts. Though it sounds simple, it not only means no peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter cookies, it means you should also read the labels of other foods to ensure they do not contain traces of peanuts/nuts/sesame seeds and sesame oil. Our concern is for foods where peanut or nuts might be a hidden ingredient and where cross contamination can occur. Imitation Peanut Butter, such as WOW butte,r or any soy butter is not permitted in the school as it is hard to differentiate these products from peanut butter or nut spreads.  If your child has peanut butter for breakfast, please make sure that his/her face and hands are cleaned with soap and water before coming to school. Please have your child brush their teeth after eating breakfast.

We realize this request poses an inconvenience for parents when packing your child's snack and lunch, however, we wish to express sincere appreciation for your support and understanding. This is a potentially life-threatening allergy. It is gratifying to the families to know that there is a group of parents who care about their children's health and safety.

If you have any questions or concerns about this allergy please feel free to contact the school at 613 658-3114.

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