There are children in our school with severe life-threatening food allergies.
These children are allergic to:
- peanuts and other nuts
- seeds and foods containing seeds (eg. kiwi, raspberry)
This condition is called anaphylaxis (ana-fill-axis). This is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to specific foods or other materials and can result in death within minutes. Although peanuts and peanut products are the most common foods to cause anaphylaxis, shellfish, fish, eggs, sulphites, milk, sesame seeds, soy or any other food can cause this dangerous condition. In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students.
Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we want to inform you so that you may choose to send foods to school with your child that are free from the food items identified above.
The Board has procedures for the prevention and management of anaphylactic reactions. If you are interested, contact the school office for more information. Further information is also available through Anaphylaxis Canada, (416) 785-5666.
If your child has health problems of any kind, please inform your child’s teacher or office staff immediately so that the necessary health protection steps may be taken.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in ensuring the safest environment possible for our students.