PEANUT/NUT FREE POLICY
Due to the increasing number of food allergies among our children, we have implemented a new policy regarding lunches and snacks at school. All food items at school must be nut-free. This includes all peanut and tree nut products (i.e. peanut butter, products containing nut oils, nut cookies). For birthdays or parties, please check all labels carefully or speak with the bakery before bringing treats to school.
Sage provides all snack items except fruits and vegetables, which we ask parents to bring once or twice a month for the class. This way we can control the snack items by carefully reading ingredient lists. For lunches, please pack items with this policy in mind. If you choose to use a "peanut butter substitute" please speak to your child's teachers and use a label so that there won't be any confusion since it looks just like the real thing.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to maintain a safe and peanut/tree nut free zone.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Peanut/Nut-Free Policy
How many children actually have food allergies?
1 in 13 people or 8% of the population has food allergies. Of those people, about 25% are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Peanut and tree nut allergies in children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008, and no one knows exactly why.
Why have a peanut/nut free policy at Sage?
Many preschools, day care centers, and schools in the area are already peanut/nut free because of the high rate of children who have peanut and tree nut allergies, and due to the high risk of a medical emergency if a child is exposed.
Why not prohibit all foods at preschool that cause food allergies?
Although that it is true that other foods can cause mild to severe reactions in some children who are allergic, peanuts and tree nuts cause more than 90% of fatalities from anaphylaxis and have a high rate of symptoms from minimal contact.
Why can't we just isolate children with a food allergy and have them not share food?
Ingesting just 1/8000 of a peanut or tree nut can induce an anaphylaxis reaction in a highly allergic child, and the invisible peanut/tree nut residue left on table surfaces or another child's hands could produce an allergic reaction.
What should I give my child to eat if I can't pack any nuts or peanut butter in my child's lunch?
We understand your concern to be able to pack a lunch that is both balanced and satisfying for your child. You may use sunflower butter as a substitute for peanut butter. We ask that you only do this as a last resort because it is difficult to determine the difference between the two. If you will be substituting with sunflower butter, please label it as such when packing your child's lunch. If it is not labeled we will assume it is peanut butter.
What if I want to bring a special snack for the class for my child's birthday or holiday parties?
Please make sure treats are peanut/tree nut product free.