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Life Threatening Allergies

January 21, 2018

The McCarthy School has Nut-Free Classrooms Several students at the McCarthy School have severe and potentially life-threatening allergies to peanuts and nut products. We have a legal and ethical obligation to follow their physician’s recommendations to safeguard their health. ”

The McCarthy School is not a completely nut-free school. There are nut-free classrooms where no nut products of any kind are allowed into the classroom. The following classrooms are nut-free at the McCarthy School this year: Pre-School Ms. Fraczek
Grade 1 Room 108 Ms. Thomas
Grade 1 Room 107 Ms. Emery
Grade 2 Room 106 Ms. Capozzi
Grade 3 Room 203 Ms. LaHaye
Grade 3 Room 204 Mr. Earls
Grade 4 Room 202 Ms. O’Brien
Grade 4 Room 201

What if my child is placed in a nut-free classroom? There are several guidelines that need to be followed at all times: Students in nut-free classroom are NOT allowed to bring peanut or nut products into class at all. Peanut/nut products are never consumed in the nut-free classroom. Snacks must be peanut/nut-free snacks. Snacks should come pre-packaged so that ingredients are clearly listed for the teacher or nurse to read. If you send your child in with a baggy of chips, cereal, or other items that have been taken from the original box, it is impossible for the school to determine if the food item may contain nuts. Therefore, all snacks must be in their original packages. Some examples of nut-free snacks are: yogurt, canned fruit cups, pudding, vegetables, string cheese and fresh fruit. What are the rules for peanut/nut consumption in the cafeteria?

THESE RULES APPLY FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL POPULATION REGARDLESS IF YOUR CHILD IS IN A NUT-FREE CLASSROOM. The McCarthy School cafeteria does not serve any peanut/nut products. This includes peanut butter sandwiches. There is a peanut/nut-free table in the cafeteria. Students with nut allergies sit at this table. Any child who purchases a school lunch may also sit at this table. NO students bringing lunch from home may sit at the peanut-free table. The peanut-free tables and all other tables are washed down with a disinfectant solution after each lunch. If you have any questions about any of the allergy guidelines please contact the School Nurse at 978.536.5628.

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