Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern. Eight foods or food groups account for most serious allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts.
Humble ISD campuses, classrooms, buses or cafeterias cannot be designated as ‘peanut free’. A cooperative effort between students and their parents as well as school staff will be necessary to minimize risks.
You can help us maintain a safe environment by encouraging your student to:
■ Understand allergies and take them seriously. It is difficult to believe that foods enjoyed by most are so harmful to others. Food allergies can cause a medical emergency called anaphylactic shock and require emergency treatment. There can be no joking or teasing about it. Students with severe allergies need the help of their classmates to deal with the allergy.
■ Never share food with friends or classmates. It can be difficult to know exactly what ingredients are in foods.
■ Wash hands after eating. This is important, since a small amount of food on your hands can be spread to desks, books, equipment and other items.
■ Prepare/send lunches and snacks without peanut or nut products when possible.
■ Separate themselves from a peer with food allergies when it is not possible to have non nut products.
■ Learn the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions – vomiting, swelling of the face and lips, difficulty breathing, coughing or sneezing, watery eyes or skin that is bumpy, red and itchy.
■ Report these symptoms and accidental contact to the adults in the area without delay.