Health and Safety

Nut-Free Precautions – Oak Park
January 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

There is an ever increasing number of children who have allergic reactions to food. Nut allergies in particular are very severe and indeed can cause anaphylaxis. This is a life threatening condition. It is for this reason that Intercultural is a nut-free zone.

As stated in our Parent Handbook, all foods brought to school must be nut-free and made in nut-free facilities.

Please read food labels carefully. Specifically, avoid all foods that contain:
  • Peanuts, tree nuts (no nuts of any kind)
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut oil
  • Hydrolyzed peanut protein
  • Goober peas”/”Goober nuts” (terms for peanuts)
  • Artificial nuts
  • Candy bars containing nuts (such as Snickers, Reese’s, Payday).
  • Asian dishes made with peanut or nut oil, with peanut sauces or peanuts/nuts mixed.
  • Pastries, cakes, brownies, and cookies that include any nuts, nut oils, peanuts or peanut butter.
  • Granola bars that contain peanuts/nuts and/or peanut/nut butter.
  • Trail mix with peanuts or tree nuts.
  • Kick sacks/hacky sacks are sometimes filled with crushed nuts.
The above is not meant to be a comprehensive list. Please pay attention to foods that indicate that they are or may be manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts/nuts. Any food that is brought to school and contains or is suspected to contain peanuts/nuts will be discarded immediately.

Therefore, we ask that all parents be particularly cognizant of the food you send your child to school with regarding any nut content.

We appreciate your your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
Oak Park Administration
Intercultural Montessori Language School in Oak Park