Nut Free / Allergies

Allergy Policy

In any community setting, there may be individuals who have life threatening and/or severe allergies. School Nurse(s) are available to work with the parents of students with food allergy/sensitivity to determine if accommodations (alternative menu) can be made. Alternative menu items are available for those students who have proper, annual documentation of food allergy/sensitivity from the child’s physician. 48 hour notice, receipt of documentation, and communication with the school nurse is required in order to safely accommodate a food allergy/sensitivity alternative meal request. Alternatives offered may not be the same as the main menu item. Families of students who have life threatening allergies have the option to opt out of the Lunch Program and bring (nut free) lunch daily.

NO Nuts Policy

Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of children who have life threatening food allergies. Our goal is to keep all children in a safe and inclusive environment, where accommodations are explored and implemented when safe. The Willow School adopted a No NUTS policy in 2007. Although we can not guarantee a nut free school, we make reasonable effort to purchase nut free products for the School operated programs serving children such as After School Programs and Summer Camp. The School makes a reasonable effort to inform those who might bring food onto the school’s campus such as parents, outside caterers, the Parents’ Association volunteers, and any rental parties. The School cannot guarantee a nut free campus.

Food Allergy Accommodations

Parents of students with life threatening food allergies are to provide documentation regarding the allergy and required medication to include an allergy Action Plan Form. The action plan is a written directive of care to be given to the student in the event of an allergy incident. The lunch program menus indicate the presence of several of the top ten food allergens. Alternate meals are offered to most students who have life threatening allergies, although the meal may differ. At the start of the year, parents are afforded an opportunity to meet with the school nurse to determine if participation in the Lunch Program is a safe option.