Food Allergies Addressed!
Mendota District #289 adopts new food guidelines!!!
The health of our students is a great concern of faculty and staff at Mendota Elementary District #289. Recent findings about food allergies and other health concerns have prompted the Board and Administration to make changes related to this subject.
Due to new health regulations and for the safety of all students in the school district, Mendota District #289 must comply with the law and develop guidelines for addressing food allergies. New procedures as outlined below, are effective at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
If a District #289 Student has an allergy, parents MUST complete the food allergy packet and return it to the school nurse.
An individual health plan will be created for the child.
All staff will be made aware of known food allergies in the building/classroom.
The District will place appropriate signs (notification) in the classrooms with students who have food allergies.
Procedures for celebrating holidays, birthdays, and other events will change as well. Parents will no longer be allowed to bring food, snacks, or treats of any kind for children’s birthdays. Other incentives by parents or teachers will be allowed but must be non-food items. The following guidelines have been set:
No food items will be served in the classroom – this includes daily snacks. (Exceptions will be made for specific holiday parties or incentives that have prior approval from the administration and nurse.)
Holiday parties will still be celebrated but room mothers will receive a list of allowable holiday foods. The only food items allowed will be arranged by the designated room parent.
District #289 staff members currently recognize student birthdays in a variety of ways depending on age/grade level such as: names announced over the intercom, birthday pencils, crowns, stickers or certificates, student star of the week, student created birthday books, games, family members reading a favorite book to class, etc.
The District 289 Board, Administration, and staff feel this is a very important and necessary change for the health and well-being of all our students. Food allergies have become a very real danger for a growing number of children. We hope this action will keep our children safe and healthy.