Food Policy

(last revised February 2016)

Dear Parents,

Please take note of our snack and celebrations policy and allergy guidelines changes at our elementary schools.  To see the District Allergy Guideline Policy, download this document – Food Allergy Guidelines

Snacks and Celebrations in the Schools

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of food allergy cases nationwide and at Liberty Corner School. As a result, we are emphasizing that students not share snacks and lunch items.

  • Birthday parties will be Food Free
    • In honor of your child’s special day, a single book may be donated to the classroom library.
  • Limited celebrations per year (4) (i.e. Halloween, Winter, Valentine’s Day, and End of Year party).
  • Unscheduled celebrations and events which include food will not be permitted.
  • Parents will be asked to send in an individual snack for their child to eat during a party (in the same way they do for daily snack times).  Note: This does not include the 5th grade celebration. For the 5th grade celebration, parents will be notified of the food items that will be available, and parents must inform the school if their child Can Not eat during the celebration.
  • Any food that is served as part of a classroom event or celebration must be consumed in the classroom.
  • No food should leave the school to be consumed in unsupervised situations.
  • All students will receive information on the necessity of proper hand washing.

 

Thank you for understanding and cooperating with this procedure.

 

Allergies Guidelines

The Board of Education recognizes pupils may have allergies to certain foods and other substances and may be at risk for anaphylaxis.  Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe, serious, systemic allergic reaction that can involve various areas of the body (such as the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular system).  Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction.

  • The single most effective way to prevent an allergic or anaphylactic reaction is to avoid the allergen.
  • A collaborative partnership between school, families and medical personnel can provide a safe and healthy learning environment.
  • In the event of an anaphylactic reaction, the availability of an Emergency Health Care Plan (EHCP) and Epinephrine auto-injectors are essential.
  • PL 1997, C368 (N.J.S.A. 18 A 40-12.5 and 12.6) permits the delegation of another employee of the school district, other than the school nurse, to administer epinephrine via a pre-filled auto-injector to a pupil for anaphylaxis.
  • Hand washing using soap & water before and after eating is encouraged. (Purell does NOT remove peanut protein)

 

Forms:

  • At the beginning of each school year, parents are required to supply:
    • doctor’s medication orders, also known as the Emergency Health Care Plan (EHCP)
    • epinephrine auto-injector
  • All forms can be found on the district website www.bernardsboe.com
    • EHCP form (Doctor’s medication orders)
      • Required to be filled out by the child’s MD
      • To be an acceptable order, the following must be complete
        • Doctor’s signature and stamp
        • Parent signature and contact information
        • Delegate permission, yes/no
      • Allergy Questionnaire
        • Only needs to be completed once, upon entry into district

 

Epinephrine auto-injectors:

  • Epinephrine auto-injectors are located throughout each building in secure unlocked locations.
  • Parents will provide properly labeled medication at the beginning of each school year, after use and upon expiration.
  • All medications MUST be picked up at the end of the year or they will be discarded (as per NJ regulation)

 

Implementation and Communication:

  • Prior to the start of the school year, the parent/guardian will:
    • Submit a completed EHCP/MD order
    • Provide child’s medications.
  • At the beginning of the school year, the school nurse will:
    • Provide the classroom teachers with 2 EHCPs, (the second one shall be placed in the sub-folder).
    • Will assure appropriate signage is provided in the building.
    • Will maintain a list of all students with food allergies throughout the year.
  • All staff will be provided with a yearly in-service on allergy awareness.
  • The nurse will communicate the presence of an allergic child, to all staff as needed.
  • Teachers/custodians will maintain a clean environment in the classroom by wiping down tables/desks as needed.

 

Delegates:

  • A delegate is an employee of the school district, who has volunteered and is trained by the school nurse, to administer epinephrine via a pre-filled auto injector to a pupil for anaphylaxis when a nurse is not physically present at the scene.   (Section 2 of P.L 1997, c.368)
  • A completed EHCP is needed to delegate.
  • Delegates are not permitted to administer any other type of medication (i.e. Benadryl or inhalers).
  • Delegates will be trained at the start of the school year and as needed.

 

Field Trips:

  • School will attempt to secure substitute nurse, for trips when food will be eaten.
  • If nurse is unavailable, the parent will be invited to attend.
  • If parent cannot attend, a delegate to administer epinephrine will be present.
  • A nurse or delegate will accompany your child on any field trips or school-sponsored activity.

 

Aftercare/Beforecare:

  • Food & snacks will be served from a safe snack menu/list (i.e. www.snacksafely.com – please note that these lists are updated on a monthly basis).
  • A delegate will be present to administer epinephrine via a pre-filled, auto-injector, in the event of anaphylaxis.
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors will be available in unlocked secure location or supplied by parents

 

School-sponsored extracurricular activities:

Elementary School

  • Food & snacks will be served from a safe snack menu/list (i.e. www.snacksafely.com – please note that these lists are updated on a monthly basis).
  • A delegate (trained school employee, other than nurse) will be present to administer epinephrine via a pre-filled, auto-injector, in the event of anaphylaxis.
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors will be available in unlocked secure location or supplied by parents

 

Transportation:

  • Parents will notify the transportation department regarding their child’s allergy

 

Thank you,

Dr. Oliver