Be a PAL: Protect A Life
Several students within LISD have severe food allergies.
What does it mean if a child is allergic to nuts?
An allergy to tree nuts or peanuts can be life threatening. A food allergy is a medical issue, not a choice. A child with a tree nut allergy can’t eat or come into contact with any tree nut/peanut products. If a child with a severe allergy accidentally eats a tree nut or peanut, then they could break out in a rash, develop swelling of the face and airways, or even stop breathing.
In extreme cases and without medical care, a severe food allergy can be deadly.
Examples of tree nuts: almonds; Brazil nuts; cashews; chestnust; hazelnuts; macadamia nuts; pecans; pine nuts; pistachios; walnuts.
Students can also have a severe allergy to peanuts. Did you know that a peanut is not a tree nut? Peanuts grow under the ground and are a part of the legume family.
What is a Peanut/Tree Nut Safe Campus and how can I help?
LISD wants to provide a safe place for all students to go to school. We have made the following changes to keep students with a peanut and/or tree nut allergy safe.
- Tell your teacher and the school nurse if you are allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, or any other foods
- No peanut or tree nut products are served in the cafeteria
- Everyone needs to wash their hands with soap and water to remove any peanut/tree nut residue after eating. Hand sanitizer does not remove residue.
- Everyone is encouraged to pack peanut/tree nut free snacks and lunches. This includes peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter crackers, peanuts, almonds, pecans, etc. If your child brings a nut product to school for lunch or snack, please let your teacher or campus nurse know so a plan can be implemented to keep others safe.
- Do not share food! Please teach your child not to share food with other students.
- If you are making food for a class party, please check with the teacher for food allergies in the class. The teacher can give you guidelines to help keep students safe.
- Food allergies are serious. Say “no” to teasing and tricks.
- If your friend has an allergic reaction, tell an adult quickly.
If your child has a severe allergy, please fill out these forms and provide them to the campus nurse. Please include any medical documentation from your physician.
If your child will have an Epinephrine pen at school, the forms must be filled out and returned to the campus nurse.