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Safe snacks and birthday treats procedures

| November 11, 2015

Dear Forts Ferry Families,

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information about a new school-wide procedure that has been adopted this year.  The new procedure pertains to peanut/nut allergies in relation to snacks and birthday treats.  As some of you may recall, we experienced a number of challenging situations with regard to birthday treats being permitted in classrooms during the last few months of school last year.  There was quite a bit of confusion and lack of clarity and consistency.  A number of students and parents were unnecessarily upset. 

In an effort to be proactive in avoiding unnecessary confusion and problems, Forts Ferry Elementary School will be adopting a school-wide procedure that provides a list of “Peanut & Tree Nut Free Food Allowed” that parents and students can use to determine when sending in a birthday/holiday/class-wide treat for the class, etc.  This procedure will be applied school-wide in all classrooms. Click here for the current list.

While we are aware that we have students in the building who have other food allergies, we have found that the peanut/tree nut allergy is the most prevalent.  As a staff we will continue to be vigilant about keeping all of our students safe by monitoring all students with allergies and health concerns.  I feel that implementing this new procedure will create a more consistent approach for all members of the school community toward effectively managing and creating the safest environment for our students.  In addition, we will continue to have all birthday/holiday/class-wide treats be sent to the office to be reviewed by the nurse as an added precaution.

Please note that we will still be designating some classrooms as “Nut Free” and a letter will be sent home informing parents about the procedure for snacks in those classrooms.  If your child’s classroom is designated as “Nut Free”, you also have the option of referencing this list when making snack selections. 

Lastly, please continue to check labels to ensure that ingredients of food items have not changed.

I would like to thank you, in advance, for your support of this school-wide birthday treat procedure.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at or (518) 785-9203. 

Thank you.


Candace H. Lobdell, Ph.D.    

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