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Hello, I am searching for a listing of all peanut free schools in the US. We live in Pennsylvania now and our principal is supportive of making changes for peanut allergic children, but we would like to know where to find schools that have made the transition. Please help, thanks


This was emailed to us recently, I wanted to remind everyone to please post or let us know if you know of a school that is dealing well with peanut allergy. I understand that many of us do not DARE to post about how well our own schools are doing for fear that all the work we have done to make the school safe for our children may be taken away.

I understand this is a problem and how it makes it difficult for others with children with peanut allergy to locate a safe school for their child if they have to relocate. I hope you will find the courage to let others know about any school that is working to keep those with peanut allergy safe.

If you do not want to post it and would like to email us with it please do, you may help a family in need.

------------------ Stay Safe,


On Feb 26, 2001

I don't know if you are just looking for public schools but MOST private schools in Manhattan are nut free.

On Feb 26, 2001




On Feb 28, 2001


Originally posted by mom2two: [b]I don't know if you are just looking for public schools but MOST private schools in Manhattan are nut free.[/b]

Can you name two or three? I'd like to make some inquiries. Thanks.


On Feb 28, 2001

Hi, I was in touch with a private, Catholic school in Grand Rapids, MI... St. Peter and Paul. The school was scheduled to be peanut free by January. That, meaning they would not serve it in their hot/cold lunches provided by the school. I do not believe they forbid it to be brought in from home.

On Mar 6, 2001


Sorry it took so long to get back to you, just got back from vacation!

Off the top of my head:

1. Trevor Day School 2. The Dalton School 3. The Caedmon School

Now of course I would always double check the particular policies. Some of the schools vary based on whether or not there is a PA child there at the time. For example, the school my own daughter goes to (totally nut and peanut free) had a child with a severe egg allergy who was touch sensitive as well as smell sensitive so they had to adjust their menu accordingly! Now that child is no longer in the school so they have gone back to making things that do have eggs in them. Hey, for $17,000 a year you would expect them to be on top of the allergy problems and most of them I think are. Of course again I am sure they don't actually call manufacturers, just read the lables, so if you are that concerned about cross contamination in factories, etc. that is a different story. Finally, all schools face the problem of parents bringing in snacks for holidays, parties etc. especially the lower grades. My daughters school is especially viglient in stopping snacks at the door. They don't care if the parents get miffed (as they do occassionally) about having to return the M&M's etc. But you can never be 100% sure. We had a mother who was actually shocked that she had to bring home the cupcakes she and her son made becuase she had put peanut M&M's on them! The teahcers tried to explain it but she was convinced they were okay (she knew about the no nut policy) because they had a candy coating!! So even if the parents have good intentions you always have to be vigelent! Its really easy to call up the various schools and ask about their policies. Sometimes they are listed in the schools handbooks as well. NYC private schools recognize that food alleriges in children are on the rise for some reason and unless they have their heads in the sand, they are all attempting to address this problem. good luck in your search!

On Mar 8, 2001

Just wanted to let you know that getting schools to go peanut free has been something that I have been fortunate enough to do for my 7 year old daughter. Her current elementary school has been peanut free for one year following our 504 plan and we are gearing up to do it all again when we move 10 days from now. Already that ball is rolling with the new school district. It seems that with enough attention to details and mentioning of ACLU action I have been able to get the school districts to pay attention.

On Mar 11, 2001

In Jefferson County, Littleton, Colorado I know most PUBLIC elementary schools are peanut free, specifically Coronado Elementary if you want a name. In Douglas County, also Littleton or Highlands Ranch, Colorado there are 5 public elementary schools that went peanut free this school year. I would recommend contacting the superintendent of schools for these counties if you want detailed information.

On Mar 13, 2001


Originally posted by mom2two: [b]I don't know if you are just looking for public schools but MOST private schools in Manhattan are nut free.[/b]

Mom2two: My two older daughters go to a private school in Roslyn, NY which is NOT nut-free. I am going to schedule an appointment with the director to convince him to become nut free because my 2.5 year old will be attending in the fall. They serve peanut butter in the lunchroom, but assure me that they are "vigilant" about who gets it and that they "have dealt with this problem with other students for years" and that "nothing has ever happened". I would like to make the argument that most other private schools ARE nut free and that they are BEHIND THE TIMES. Do you have any suggestions about how I could obtain a listing of nut free schools in the area, or how I should go about most effectively making my case. Anything will help...Thanks!


On Mar 13, 2001

I would suggest getting in touch with the Parent's League, its an organization in NYC that has a listing and booklet of all the private schools in NYC and their contact info. From there you could just call and make your own inquiries. I tend to doubt there is an actual list anywhere with the info you are looking for but you could make up one of your own.

On Mar 16, 2001

Nikole; you said that mentioning the ACLU action has brought attention...can you explain what action? I did a search on [url=""][/url] and could not come up with anything. I'll be meeting with our public school soon regarding my 4 yr. old Pre-K registration and would like to have as much available info with me from various agencies and schools. Thanks!

On Mar 16, 2001

Calcasieu Parish School Board in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, is peanut free. This means they do not allow any peanut products served in their cafeteria. But, they do not monitor what is brought from homes. They also have a great nursing dept. which educates individual teachers that have PA children in their classrooms. Rachel

On Apr 11, 2001

I am also looking for a listing of all peanut-free schools in the USA, preferably in IL. I have been told that a good portion of private schools are peanut free or will go peanut free upon request. Has anyone else heard this?

I need this information very soon so that I may do what I have to to get my son and daughter enrolled.


------------------ Jolie [email][/email]

On Apr 20, 2001

I talked to a wonderful school nurse named Pat Kluge employed at a public school, Jefferson Township Consolidated Schools, in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. She was helping me out with some information I neededed for my son who will be entering kindergarten in a public school in Pennsylvania. What a wonderful person and very knowledgeable about food allergies. She was telling me about the peanut-free kindergarten in her school district and was extremely kind and helpful while explaining the policies at the kindergarten level!

On Jul 10, 2002

Just reraising for jdkelley71.

I can't believe I found this so quickly. This was the only school that I found through a friend of a friend of a friend...

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On Jul 22, 2002

We are considering a move from Toronto to LA. Our current school ( private, religious ) is amazing with our pa child. (they have an average of 1 pa child per class of 24 kids) and has gone to a nut-free policy. All similar schools we have contacted in LA seem bewildered by the mention of a peanut allergy, and do not have any policies whatsoever! (one school had 1 child that was nut allergic, out of 330 kids). They seemed baffled by the question of how they deal with allergic kids. Does anybody know why the numbers seem so different?? Is it possible that we have more cases of pa than Calif? Can anyone in the LA area tell me how their schools are?

On Jul 31, 2002


When I thought we were moving, I started E-mailing school boards-just typed in name of school system. I contacted nutrition services to find out if peanuts are served in the cafeteria and the Nursing supervisor to find out if there are school nurses and what plan they have for food allergic students. There are alot of systems that stop sending peanut products to schools for lunch once medical documentation on a student is received. If everyone on this message board could E-mail as many school as possible, we could get an idea of what's going on out there. The following systems stop sending peanut products to the school with medical documentation: Shelby County Schools-near Birmingham, AL Pinnelas County Schools-St. Petersburg, FL Charlotte County Schools-Punta Gorda, FL Duval County Schools-Jacksonville, FL This is one step toward being peanut free.

On Mar 15, 2003

I think this is good to re-raise Lets add to It.

Cams mom ck this out

On Mar 15, 2003

The Ladue School District in Ladue, Missouri has a food contract with Chartwell's International. Chartwell's supplies all the food for the 4 elemntary schools, the Middle School, and the High School. Their food is nut-free, including no "may contains".

For our elementary school (and I believe all schools in the district) students are allowed to bring in anything from home. Students are monitored in the cafeteria so that 2 tables maintain a nut-free status.

Also, no food (any kind) is allowed in the classroom of a food allergic child at our elementary school. No food for craft or consumption. Period. If there is a celebration involving food, the class moves to the cafeteria.


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On Mar 15, 2003

Thanks for re-raising Synthia!

I've spent the last two and a half hours trying to get info on which schools in Duval County (that's my closest out of all of them listed) and can't get any info...I'm going to work on it tommorow maybe Monday, when I have a fresh brain. I may just have to email the District Office there and see if they can give me some contact info.

Thanks for raising, and also thanks to the member (sorry, forget user-name [img][/img] ) that posted the several school districts and states that were PF.

Lana [img][/img]

On Mar 16, 2003

Just noting there seems to be different interpretations of "Peanut/Nut Free" in this thread as well. This in itself makes me wonder about the effacy of the term.

Would one consider it appropriate to use the term "Peanut Free" with regards to an entire school if what was brought from home was not monitored? Would it be [i] responsible [/i]?

Should there be [b] standardized criteria [/b] to meet when applying the term "Peanut/Nut Free" to an entire school?


On Mar 16, 2003

For those listing the school's that have gone Peanut-free Please list the school name,and county and STATE.

It will help all members that are in the process of moving to another STATE.

It will also help when a search is done. Thank you Love this site Synthia

On Mar 16, 2003


Originally posted by MommaBear: [b]Should there be standardized criteria to meet when applying the term "Peanut/Nut Free" to an entire school? [/b]

We could have two terms:

Option 1:

Peanut/Nut-Free (no peanut / nut products allowed - that is what we have in many Ontario schools.. I think Cayley's Mom's school is like this?)

Option 2:

Peanut/Nut-Free/No May Contains (nothing that says 'may contain' allowed either)

I think option 1 is much more realistic. And the big risk in a school is the peanut products that are brought in. Even if a Nestle Crunch bar may contaion peanuts, it usually wouldn't contain them, and even if it did, the PA student would not be eating the Nestle Crunch bar anyway, and I do not think a cross contamination concern wuld be very likely.

Plus some may contains are not labelled that way (ie: Loblaws no name rice krispie squares, Con Agra, etc) so how would we say it was truly a 'may contain' safe school.

So I say that option 1 is the way to go.

I could see in specific situations (pre-school class of 5 year olds) you might want to try to prevent 'may contains' in case the kids tried to share. In a specific classroom, maybe the pa child's parent might want 'may contains' banned.

But in general, I think option 1 is more likely to have a successful outcome.

On Mar 16, 2003

Good idea erik

Also please state if the school you are listing is a PRE-K or elemantary or middle or high school.

Thanks Love this site Synthia

On Mar 26, 2003

Bumping up

On Mar 27, 2003

Anyone know of schools in Michigan that are nut free? Specifically in Oakland County. Thanks

On Mar 29, 2003

St Mary Magdoline in Apex NC is nut free.

On Apr 1, 2003

All Sunrise Preschools in Arizona are Peanut Free.

Take Care Everyone! Peanut Pioneer

On Apr 30, 2003

re-raising] Need to add NH to the list please Love this site Synthia

On Jul 22, 2003


I remember seeing a public school's website with detailed mention of Peanut Free... I can't seem to find it and am desperately searching for public elementary schools that are peanut free to use as an example for our school. My son starts Kindergarten in September.

Thanks for any help you can give us!

On Jul 23, 2003

I was told recently that Lee County in South Carolina will no longer be serving peanut items. I do not live in Lee County so can't confirm but was told this by a friend who knows someone who teaches in Lee County. The district will no longer knowingly serve peanut items (cook with peanut oil, serve p.b. and jelly, or p.b. cookies).

On Jul 27, 2003

Peanut/Tree Nut Free Schools in Indiana:

St. John's Lutheran School(K-8), Bishop Dwenger High School

Allen County, Fort Wayne, IN

Several preschools are nut free also

Contact me if you need additional information.

On Aug 13, 2003

I came across this for Linglestown Junior High School in Central Dauphin School District Pennsylvania: [url=""][/url]

On Aug 14, 2003

What a great article.

I plan on sending this link to our principal. It's great at highlighting different ways the elementary schools are dealing with PA.

On Aug 15, 2003

Anything for Southern Indiana would be appreciated too. Thankyou, Julie mom to a PA kid

On Aug 15, 2003

My dd's preschool is peanut free: Creative Learning Center for Very Young Children in W-S, NC.

On Aug 18, 2003


Originally posted by Nikole: [b]Just wanted to let you know that getting schools to go peanut free has been something that I have been fortunate enough to do for my 7 year old daughter. Her current elementary school has been peanut free for one year following our 504 plan and we are gearing up to do it all again when we move 10 days from now. Already that ball is rolling with the new school district. It seems that with enough attention to details and mentioning of ACLU action I have been able to get the school districts to pay attention. [/b]

Nikole can you tell me the name, city and state where your school WAS peanut free? Thanks. Jeannie

On Aug 18, 2003

[quote]Originally posted by mom2two: [B]Richard,

1. Trevor Day School 2. The Dalton School 3. The Caedmon School

Can you tell me the city and state for these schools to use for information with my school district? Thank you so much, Jeannie

------------------ Jeannie

On Aug 18, 2003

The Contra Costa Jewish Community Center Preschool (offers pre-school classes from up through and including Kindergarten) is entering their 2nd year as a "peanut and tree nut free" school.

This school is located in Walnut Creek, CA.

The pre-school changed its status, in part, due to attendence by our son, as well as the arrival of a new Early Childhood Education Director (who personally has food allergies).

Although our son no longer attends, the food policies have remained in place.


On Aug 26, 2003

Saint Mary's school in Richmond, VA is peanut free as of last year. It is a Kindergarten-8th grade school.

On Aug 26, 2003

It's private, but Beach Montessori Tech in Virginia Beach, VA is peanut-free. Montessori daycare through elementary age private Montessori education. [img][/img]

On Sep 1, 2003

CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA; it's a private and expensive preschool.

O'Quinn School

Address: 1567 Harbor View Rd Charleston, SC 29412-3223 Phone: (843)795-6708

------------------ Lory PA dd Graham [url=""]Charleston Family Food Allergy Support[/url]

On Sep 8, 2003

Hi, I was wondering which Catholic school in Lowell they go to. My son is in 3rd grade in Tewksbury, and although I am reasonably happy w/them, I (and he) would be more comfortable in a peanut free setting.

On Sep 14, 2003

Anyone know of any missouri schools in any of the larger cities?

On Sep 14, 2003

Hopewell Va public schools are all nut free, but do allow parents to let there children bring nuts to school for snack or packed lunch. The school system so far is wounderful with Trevor and they really seem to care about the PA children attending. I was talking to Trevor today and asked him if anyone brings PB&J sandwhiches or P snacks to school and he said yes. I asked him what he does when someone he is sitting by has a PB&J sandwhich and he said " oh, I dont get to sit by them, I get to sit by the teacher." of course he is happy with this as he thinks his teacher is very pretty! LOL I think my 5 year old has a crush on his teacher! LOL ( I think it is cute!!!) I have spoke with the school nurse there and she said if a problem arises they will request ( mandatory) for Trevor's class that no nuts be brought in at all. They work GREAT with us. I am surprised to hear also that conjoining city's in my area are not nut free and do serve PB&J sandwhiches at lunch time still. There was a special on the news a few years ago stating that they are seeing more and more children allergic to nuts and that alot of the Va school systems are becoming nut free as far as what the school serves.

I did not even know about PA kids having a 504 plan protecting them in public school till the school nurse handed me a pamplet and said " have your dr sign this, and bring it back with your child's pic attached. This is a 504 plan, these are your childs rights and what we will do to protect him from anaphelaxis (sp). I was so happy to hear that and get that information!


On Sep 15, 2003

anyone know of any private schools in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?

On Oct 1, 2003

Re-raising for Maryl.

On Oct 11, 2003

Washington State: Vancouver - Clark County I've been told by our school nurse that Pleasant Vally Primary K-4 and intermediate 5-8 have BOTH gone nut free this year due to 3 allergic students at least one with inhalent sensativities. This is in the Battle Ground School District, which I've heard good things about in general as far as being allergy aware. Our son is in the pre-school located on the campus of Prairie High School - the pre-school is nut free and also in Battle Ground School District.

On Oct 22, 2003


Some Schools Say "No Peanuts Allowed"

Ten Greenville County Schools Ban All Peanuts Products

As the school year begins, a food long associated with the cafeteria is no longer welcome in some Greenville County schools.

Sara Collins Elementary has six students who are allergic to peanuts,two of them severely allergis.As a result,no peanut products are allowed at Sara Collins and nine other schools.

Jackson Poole,6,is in kindergarten at Sara Collins.He's been allergic to peanuts since he was a toddler.

"I gave him a bite of peanut butter pie and 15 minutes later he was broken out in welts,throwing up,swollen neck,mouth,tongue,everything," Robin Poole,Jackson's mother,said.

School officals said they prepared for the allergic students by training the faculty to treat allergic reactions and taking peanut butter off the cafeteria menu.

"We don't want to lose a life over a peanut butter sandwich," cafeteria manager Patricia McFadden said.

But after peanut butter and jelly sandwiches showed up in student's lunches on the first day of school,officials banned all peanut products.

"If a child is eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and wipes their finger,then a child with peanut allergies sits down and touches it,he puts it in his mouth,he could go in to shock,"Poole said.

School offcials acknowledge they've received complaints from some parents concerned about replacing the easy and inexpensive peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

"I feel like every parent in the school is going to hate me.I love peanut butter and jelly,I grew up on them,but there is a fine line,my child's life ia at risk versus making people happy,"Poole said.

Principals now patrol the cafeteria looking for peanut products.If they're found,the janitor is called to disinfect the area.

Greenville County schools that have banned peanuts include:

Sara Collins Elementary

Mauldin Elementary

Mitchell Road Elementary

Overbrook Child Development Center

Dunbar Child Development Center

Northwest Crescent Child Development Center

Bells Crossing Elementary

Woodland Elementary

Oakview Elementary

Skyland Elementary

Love this site Synthia

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On Dec 2, 2003

What state is Greenville in?

On Dec 2, 2003

According to my note it is South Caroline. However, I will ck the link and see if I can post it. Love this site Synthia Here's the link [url=""][/url]

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On Jun 24, 2004


FDA: Food Labels Lack Allergy Warnings

Many Dessert Makers Don't List Natural Ingredients That Can Make Some Ill

NEW YORK -- In a warning for people who have serious food allergies, the Food and Drug Administration has found that a quarter of all food manufacturers don't list ingredients that can cause potentially deadly allergic reactions.

According to the New York Times, the FDA says that the omissions threaten about 7 million Americans who rely on product packaging to keep them safe.

"The fact that ingredient listings can be dead wrong certainly points to major shortfalls in food safety," Caroline Smith DeWaal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest told the newspaper.

The agency looked at 85 cookie makers, candy companies and ice cream manufacturers after noticing an increase in the number of products being recalled because allergy-inducing ingredients such as peanuts and eggs were not listed.

[b](Example) For Immediate Release

State Agriculture Commissioner Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanuts

Brooklyn, NY - March 28, 2001 - State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers toady announced that YBL World-Wide Trading Inc., 651A Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211 (phone number 718/443-7800), is voluntarily recalling 9.2 ounce packages of "Yummy Sesame Cakes" because they contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled "Yummy Sesame Cakes" are packaged in 9.2 oz. plastic bags, which are not coded. The cakes are a product of China.

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Inspectors, while at a New York City retail store, visibly noted that the product contained peanuts which were not declared in the ingredient statement. Distribution of the Sesame Cakes was in the greater New York City metropolitan area. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product.

Consumers who have purchased "Yummy Sesame Cakes" are urged to return them to YBL World-Wide Trading Inc.[/b]

State regulators from Wisconsin and Minnesota assisted in the investigation.

Their conclusion: One in four of the companies made products with raw ingredients like nuts, but omitted them from the labels describing the food.

Also, almost half of the producers failed to check the foods to make sure all the ingredients were listed on the labels, the Times reported.

Companies must list everything that goes into their products, but FDA rules say that trace amounts of "natural" ingredients can be left out.

The study found that many of the allergens often slipped in undetected because bakers used the same utensils to stir separate mixes, or re-used baking sheets between batches.

Food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, a reaction that includes an itching sensation, swelling of the throat and shortness of breath. In some cases,anaphylaxis may lead to a drop in blood pressure, irregular heartbeat or even death.

Food allergies send 30,000 people to U.S. emergency rooms each year and cause as many as 200 deaths, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology told the Times.

This is old ,but never the less. This was taken from the above link far left(FDA} Love this site Synthia

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On Sep 20, 2004

I came across this school lunch menu on a local Catholic school website. Apparently, the menu is generated for the Western PA area and about 3/4 down the page it states that there are many schools they supply lunches to that are peanut/nut free. If someone is interested in finding a peanut free Catholic school in their area, perhaps they could contact this lunch supply company, the D.P.C. Food and Nutritional Service Division.


On Sep 21, 2004

Purpose School, in Stoneham Massachusetts is a peanut free pre-school. Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, Massachusetts (a Quaker school) is VERY "Nut-Aware" they have a 'no peanut products' policy and a full time school nurse.(there is no lunch room, all foods come from home) When a child was spotted with PB&J on the second day of classes (this is a new policy) the sandwich was removed, a safe substitute was provided, and the area was cleaned beyond reason. The sandwich was noticed before the child even took a bite!

On Oct 1, 2004

Please help if you can...

I am looking for a nut-free, allergy aware school district for my child in BUFFALO, NY (Western New York area)

Have been calling around, and am willing to move anywhere in Erie or Niagara counties to find a safe school.

--thanks--stay safe---

On Oct 1, 2004

Richmond Hts. School District is nut free in Cleveland Ohio.

On Oct 4, 2004

I was told by my local public school nutritionist (Castro Valley, CA) that 2 elementary schools out of 6 are peanut free. Also, I have just found out that His Growing Grove pre-school is a peanut free facility.

On Oct 11, 2004

Both my children have severe Food Allergies to Peanuts, Eggs and Dairy. Their school in South Pasadena, CA has just become Peanut Free. It is a first in the area and the media is going crazy! The community is very, very supportive.

On Oct 29, 2004

Working to create a list of safe lunch vendors.

Looking for safe lunch vendors (school lunch type food supply companies), if you know of one or can help to locate them etc. please post, fax, mail, phone or email the information you find Our contact information page: [url=""][/url]

send email: [email]Office@PeanutAllergy.Com[/email] Here is a link to post information on this topic to these boards [url=""][/url]

Thank you

We need information for Massachusetts by early next week so if you can do some work and let us know what you find that would be very helpful.

Stay Safe,


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On Nov 29, 2004

Harker private school in San Jose, CA area is peanut free on the elementary campus and has a full time nurse on staff. They say they have been peanut free two or three years and have smell allergic PA children attending at the school.

Some one who has a child at this school may want to post about how well it is done there or how enforced, my information is from an open house I attended with a friend of mine.

On Dec 8, 2004

My children go to Pleasant view elementary shcool in Yorktown IN and as of Thursday the 2nd of Dec the school is peanut free. The school is being noted as the first public school in IN to go nut free.

On Dec 8, 2004


You just made my day! Thank you for the update.

------------------ Love this site Synthia

On Dec 8, 2004

Dublin Community Preschool in Dublin, OH is completely peanut and tree nut free.

On Dec 10, 2004

I live in Vermont and the elementary school that my son attends is "nut free" in the sense that they don't allow peanut butter sandwichs, and the food service manager couldn't give me the specifics on the ingredients in the other menu choices. He actually was rather rude and even told me that they don't allow nuts because of my son who entered Kindergarten this year. I already know that the school has currently and in the past had other kids with this allery. The families are still allowed to bring nuts into the school however. My sons teacher is awesome and will call me whenever she is planning something or has a question.

I do have a question to ask though. I was wondering if anyone has researched the full menus at their schools to be sure that they are all ingredients are safe and/or if they could contain cross-contamination issues. Specifically looking at SYSCO foods which provides for our school district. Or does everyone do home lunch instead?

Thanks for any help in advance. Amy


On Apr 25, 2005

linking.. [url=""][/url]

------------------ Love this site Synthia

On May 10, 2005

[url=""][/url] Nut Safe Schools

[b]St. Petersburg, Florida [/b]- Head to the lunchroom at Jamerson Elementary School in St. Petersburg, and you'll see a variety in the lunchboxes: yogurt, popcorn, string cheese.

[b]But no peanut butter.[/b] Even though 50 peanut butter sandwiches were served daily at the school, ever since Leah Pardee's 6-year-old son, who has severe nut allergies enrolled in kindergarten, Jamerson Elementary School is now a 'Nut Safe School.'

Leah Pardee"I know it's a terrible inconvenience for the families, that's why we're so thankful, people have been so kind to us this year. This is my child..knowing at any moment, within seconds we could lose this child who is everything to us, there's a level of anxiety that you develop."

Posters labeled 'Nut Safe School' are posted throughout the campus, lunchboxes are checked daily, and notes are sent home to parents if nut products are found.

Kids thoroughly wash their hands after lunch, and as an extra precaution, during lunch, Leah's son sits outside with a few friends, rather than in the classroom with everyone else. Pardee says even peanut dust in the air can be potentially life-threatening.

Leah Pardee "I'm hoping it's a small enough time in their children's days, that they will be ok with it (not having peanut products at school)."

Parents say it requires a lot of creativity and extra effort to come up with alternative menus, but certainly understand the consequences of not making changes.

Christy Gorman"It's not as difficult as I might have expected. I am absolutely sympathetic to the child, and compassionate in wanting to help, and that's shared by a majority of parents here at Jamerson."

Bauder Elementary School in Seminole is also considering some changes. On Monday, parents will meet with school officials to talk about the food policy, after hearing that an incoming student suffers from severe nut allergies.

The principal at Bauder says peanut butter will no longer be offered in the serving line, and the district will decide what if any additional changes will be made.

De Anna Sheffield, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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On May 12, 2005

Pendelton School is peanut/nut free in Bradenton, Florida and so is the Sports Academy that is on the same campus. Kitchen staff has been trained on food allergies and epi pen usage as well as the teachers who have kids with food allergies. Nurse on campus at all times.

On May 20, 2005

linking [url=""][/url]

------------------ Love this site Synthia

On May 29, 2005

Does anyone know of any nut-free elementary schools in the Seattle, WA area?

On May 29, 2005


------------------ Love this site Synthia

On Jul 10, 2005

Looking for peanut free schools, nursery, grammar, middle and high schools in Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina and New Hampshire. Thank you.

------------------ Kym Mom of 2 1/2 year old daughter with peanut and egg allergies

On Jul 11, 2005


Originally posted by mmw: [b]Does anyone know of any nut-free elementary schools in the Seattle, WA area?[/b]

Bertschi School was the only private elementary we came across that stated they are peanut free.

Not sure about public schools

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On Jul 12, 2005

Framingham Centre Nursery School in Framingham, MA is peanut/nut-free (and an exceptional school!)

The Eliot Montessori School in Natick, MA is going peanut-free this fall.

The Ashland, MA school system has designated peanut-free classrooms.

On Jul 31, 2005

My son participated in Camp Jam this year in Atlanta. The school it was held at is called Davis Academy. It was such a relief when I recieved the camp forms and realized it was a Peanut Free school, meaning peanuts are not even allowed to be brought in. It was like a house had been lifted off of me. I was dreading even having to speak of his PA, but knew it was to be done. When I read the forms , I was so unburdened. My son attends a school in Cobb County, Ga. After going through **** most of Elementary and 6th grade with his peanut allergy, I used the words Civil Liberties to my advantage and he has a much safer existance due to that and a 504. The school does not serve peanuts , but they can still be brought in. My son is at the age now where he can remove himself quickly from a situation, and the 504 gives him the right to, with no grief from adults over it.This year we have a new principal, and I have been in contact, the Nurse comsultant, and hope the transistion with the new principal goes smoothly. Peace, Kim

On Aug 6, 2005

Trenton School District, Michigan~ All grades if I was informed correctly, at the least elementary school. I was told it was due to *1* parent raising the bar.

On Sep 26, 2005

Waterford-Halfmoon Elementary School in New York State is peanut free.


On Sep 26, 2005

I am Indiana. Because of son and another little boy with peanut allergy our entire school corporation is now peanut free! It is not served by the school and cannot be brought in lunches. Our local school board has been wonderful about this issue. Bento County Schools are peanut free.

On Oct 7, 2005

Don't come to Grosse Ile, Michigan. They don't even have a school nurse. I have been battling this school district for over a year now to make it peanut-safe for my PA.

On Oct 8, 2005

Welcome, cgourd1 Start a new thread about your school and tell us what is going on. I know there are a lot of people who can help you out. Schools are required to accomidate children with life threatening allergies. IT IS THE LAW. Have you contacted the Office for Civil Rights? Have you been denied a 504? Where are you in the process and what is the school saying they will and will not do. There is soooooo much info on this board to look at, and so many people with a lot of experience.

On Oct 8, 2005


Originally posted by livsmom: [b]Looking for peanut free schools, nursery, grammar, middle and high schools in Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina and New Hampshire. Thank you. [/b]

For nursery schools in Massachusetts, I know that the Longfellow Children's Center in Wayland, Massachusetts is nut-free. The Sunny Hill Preschool in Sudbury, MA is nut-free. I believe that the entire chain of Next Generation Children's Centers is nut-free.

Hope this helps.

On Oct 11, 2005


Schools Takes Initiative to Help Children with Severe Allergies

Putnam County Schools is the first county in the state to adopt a life threatening policy and procedures manuel


[b]According to the West Virginia Department of Education, Wood County Schools are a 'peanut free' and Preston County Schools have signs posted warning visitors of student allergies. [/b]

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On Feb 21, 2006

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On Feb 21, 2006

Yes, I agree with Gail 100%. I don't want anyone to put their own child's School Safety Plan in jeopardy. However, if you feel comfortable I would like you to email me and let me know what the school district did or has done to make it safer for your child to attend their school. You do not have to even say what school district your child attends, just maybe the state in which you live? Or just what-ever you feel comfortable with. There are not any laws in the state of Tennessee to protect our children with anaphylaxis food allergies. We as Tennessean's need everyones help with getting the information that the Committee with the House of Representatives has requested to get this bill pushed through to protect our children. The Committee with the House of Representatives wants to know what other school districts and states have done to protect children with anaphylaxis food allergies? Take Care, Laura Duke [email][/email]

On Feb 23, 2006

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LD I found this I have not had a chance to read*all* the policy,it looks good!!


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On Jul 8, 2007

Holy Cross Academy in Sanford, Fla is a peanut free school. My son had a great experience this year (1st grade). The teachers and students are very caring and patrolled for peanut products. If someone accidentally brought something in, they item was taken away.

Does anyone have ideas for peanut free elementary schools in North Carolina? I know there are schools that ask parents not to send in peanut items, (CMS), but they do not enforce a peanut free campus. We are considering a move to NC and one of our main concerns is finding a school that is safe. My husband and I both work from home so we don't have a specific city/area that we have to live in.

Feel free to ask any questions about Holy Cross.

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On Aug 29, 2007


Schools bump peanuts off menu [b]Allergies prompt ban in some lunchrooms[/b] By Jon Walker and Melanie Brandert Argus Leader Published: August 25, 2007 Children at several Sioux Falls schools have been told not to bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch or other peanut snacks in order to protect students with allergies.

With classes starting this week, notices about the ban have been sent home to parents.

"This is the time of year for it. It's an annual rite of passage," said Dr. Mark Bubak, a Sioux Falls allergist.

A protein inside the peanut can trigger a fatal reaction for some children if the peanut is swallowed. Skin contact with peanuts can cause a lesser reaction such as an outbreak of hives, Bubak said.

Families of children at Mark Twain Elementary learned of the ban this week in a letter from the school.

"Due to the number of students with peanut allergies at Mark Twain Elementary School, we are a peanut-free school," Principal Mary Peterson wrote. In the letter, she thanked families for cooperating.

Explorer Elementary School has not issued an outright ban on peanut butter but has alerted parents not to send classroom snacks that include peanuts. The school also is promoting a peanut butter substitute by serving it from its kitchen. Explorer, which is in Sioux Falls but part of the Harrisburg district, had one student a year ago who was allergic, Principal John Snobeck said. He's unsure about this year.

"We can't keep track of everybody," Snobeck said. "Sometimes parents don't tell anybody about the allergies. To play it safe, we discourage it."

Kathy Luke of Sioux Falls, whose son, Holden, is a third-grader at Explorer, understands the need to forbid peanut butter and peanuts. When her son, Payton, attended Edison Middle School, there was a student who had such an allergy, and classmates could not bring those foods into the lunchroom.

"It's to save the life of a child," she said.

A year ago, 15 elementary and three middle schools in the Sioux Falls district were on a list to receive meals prepared without peanut products, said Joni Davis, supervisor of child nutrition services. Davis is compiling a list for the current year, which started Monday.

Davis oversees the central kitchen. Whether a ban also would extend to sack lunches becomes a decision at a particular school, she said.

"It depends on the severity of the allergy defined by principal, parent, nursing supervisor and family physician," Davis said.

In some cases, protection against the allergy extends beyond the cafeteria. Nancy Harsh of Sioux Falls said Lincoln High School's marching band has a peanut-free bus on trips. Her daughter, Samantha, 15, a sophomore, is a band member.

"I certainly understand it," Harsh said. "It limits what you send with a child."

Bubak said 12 million Americans, about 4 percent, have food allergies. About 3.3 million, a little more than 1 percent, are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts such as cashews, almonds and pecans.

For those with the allergy, the greatest risk with swallowing a peanut is anaphylaxis. "The throat closes up, they can't breathe, there's no blood pressure," he said. "You can die from it."

Sue Mollison of Sioux Falls knows that risk all too well. Although her daughter, Jacklyn, who turns 2 next month, is not in school yet, Mollison already faces peanut butter allergy issues with her at nurseries. Even a woman who bakes peanut butter cookies, washes her hands and touches her daughter can set off a case of hives, Mollison said.

"We carry an EpiPen in the diaper bag," she said. "I sympathize with people who are having an inconvenience with children with allergies. I'm so grateful to people who are willing to go out of their way so we don't have a life-threatening reaction."

Their family uses Fun Butter, a peanut butter alternative made of sunflower seeds, which is available at East Dakota Food Co-op and Meadowsweet Market, Mollison said. She suggests parents try that as a substitute for their children who have classmates with allergies.

Proximity to peanut butter is a lesser concern, though not negligible. A child eating a sandwich and sitting across from someone who is allergic could pose a risk if the two of them had physical contact.

"Everybody has a different degree of sensitivity," Bubak said.

Other children are allergic to milk, eggs, or gluten in wheat, but Bubak knows of no school that's banned those foods. The main risk is peanuts.

"It's a tough issue," Bubak said. "Parents want the best for kids. But others don't have the allergy, and they're denying other folks foods they like. I worry about the false sense of security, when people think they're in peanut-free zones and they're not. Most reactions happen when they thought the food was safe, and it wasn't."

Reach reporters Jon Walker at 331-2206 and Melanie Brandert at 977-3926.

On Aug 29, 2007

I have been doing a lot of research lately, and I believe that the first thing you should ask when looking for a new public school is to ask the superintendent:

"Do you have WRITTEN district policy for CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT of peanut allergies."

Not just for epinephrine use, but clear written classroom guidelines for minimizing exposure. Turns out that in my district, because we have no written policy, every prinicipal can run their school anyway they want. Now we are switching schools in the district, and we are running into a lot or problems that we didn't have in our previous school.