NUT BUTTER AND SUBSTITUTES, and ASTHMA
It has come to our attention that there are a number of peanut substitute products that are currently being marketed as tasting ‘just like peanut butter… was designed and developed to protect the millions of kids and adults who suffer from life threatening peanut and tree nut allergies’. As you are all aware, we have a number of students at St. Teresa School who have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and other forms of nuts.
While the good intentions behind the development of such products certainly cannot be argued, allowing students to bring the product into a school in which a student is known to be allergic to peanuts / peanut butter is problematic and could potentially have devastating consequences. Should a food product that looks, smells and tastes like real peanut butter be permitted in a school, it places all of our staff in a position of having to decide definitively if the product is, or is not, real peanut butter. We are not qualified food experts and are in no position to make such decisions, particularly where exposure to real peanut butter can literally cause someone’s death.
As per direction received from the WCDSB, we ask that you do not send any such product to school with your child(ren). If you have any concerns or questions about this please feel free to give me a call at the school. If you have a child with a nut allergy, it is critical that the school know this to make sure we have an updated plan. Please contact the school to let us know.
We have a number of students with severe asthma. If your child has asthma and you have not contacted the school, please do so as soon as possible. We want to make sure we have a plan for all students with asthma. Please avoid wherever possible sending anything with a scent to school with your child(ren). Scents can act as triggers for asthma, including scented markers, body sprays, etc.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school safe.
If you have any questions, please contact me at St. Teresa School.