We strive to be a nut-free school.
Our school community has made a commitment to follow nut-free guidelines for the safety and health of all our students. We need each student, teacher and parent to help us make Ravenswood a safer place for kids who have food allergies.
Guidelines for Families
Here’s how you can help your students support their friends:
1. Don’t bring nuts to school. At all. Ever. This means no sandwiches, granola bars, treats or other food that contain nuts. We won’t be bringing any food with nuts for lunches, school events or class parties. You might have to help your parents remember. They try (really, they do) but your gentle reminders and the lunchbox stickers you will get will help.
2. Be a label detective! Food labels have super-tiny print and have lots of unpronounceable words, so you will have to become skilled at scanning the side of all packages. Ask an adult if you need help until you can check and report nuts in the foods you have for lunches.
3. If a friend shares that they have a food allergy, take note. Listen carefully and ask how you can help to support them.
4. If you have a food allergy, tell your friends why Ravenswood’s nut-free policy is important to you. If you’re comfortable joining your classroom lunch table, this is a great time to strike up the conversation over delicious soy butter sandwiches.
5. No, really. Try the soy butter.There are lots of delicious alternatives to peanut butter. Do a taste test! You might be surprised how much you love the creamy deliciousness that soy butter and sun butter add to plain old bread.
7. Skip the teasing, rude comments and making fun of food allergies. It’s not funny. Many kids with food allergies are bullied. None of us want that to happen at Ravenswood. Your teachers will help the classroom come up with ideas for staying supportive and positive, and putting an end to the negative stuff quickly.
8. What if I accidentally bring nuts to school? You will have the option of eating food with nuts at a designated nut table or tossing the item in the trash and eating a nut-free, no-cost school lunch.