July 31, 2019
Greetings from Southern Middle School. The safety of our students is our number one priority. When students feel safe, they are able to focus their attention on their learning. Southern Middle School has students with life threatening allergies to peanuts. Some students have such a high sensitivity to the peanut protein that even a trace amount from a known peanut product or a food product/item that has come in contact with a peanut source (cross contamination) and is touched, or eaten, can result in a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. The most serious reaction being respiratory difficulties, blockage of the airways, which if not medicated immediately, can lead to death.
For the safety of our students, SMS will be a peanut free school.
Our school anaphylaxis plan conforms to the State Medical/Health Support for Students Policy. The plan is designed to ensure that students at risk are identified, strategies are in place to minimize the potential for accidental exposure and staff and key volunteers are trained to respond in an emergency situation.
To provide the minimized allergen environment, we need the support and cooperation of you, the parents/guardians and the school community. Students are asked to bring lunches and snacks free of peanut products, or, that may contain peanuts. This includes donuts, granola bars, protein bars, etc. We ask you to read food labels, checking for peanut ingredients prior to sending food to school. If you have caregivers who provide your child(ren) with lunches or snacks, we encourage you to share this information letter with them as well.
We realize this request may require added planning and effort on your part when packaging your child’s lunch and snacks, however we wish to express our sincere appreciation for your support and cooperation.
Dr. Len Reppert, Principal