Nut Aware School

At Caegarw Primary School we strive to provide a safe learning environment for all students. Due to some of our pupils suffering with life threatening nut allergies, we have been advised by the School Nurse to become a NUT AWARE SCHOOL.
An allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) can occur through ingestion of nut products, cross contamination and breathing nut dust in the air. This week, pupils will be learning about allergies and in particular the dangers nuts can pose to some people.

Since this condition can be life threatening we are asking all members of the school community for their help in minimising the risk to these children by:
• Avoiding giving children nuts or nut products in their packed lunches
• Avoiding giving nuts or nut products or snacks/bars containing nuts for break time snacks

We do acknowledge in our Allergies Policy that many foods are labelled as ‘may have been produced in a factory handling nuts and cannot be guaranteed nut free’. Such items will be allowed in school as it would be unreasonable to expect these to be kept out of school.

Please note where a member of staff notices a pupil eating a nut product, the product will be removed politely and the member of staff will explain why this has to be done. A message will then be sent to the parent to explain what has happened so they are fully informed and to remind the of the Allergies Policy.

Due to the severity of the problem, it is important that all parents carry out the suggested measures and reduce the risk of allergic reaction to these children. I realise this is a significant change in school policy but it has been introduced on the recommendation of the School Nurse Team due to specific allergies of some pupils and has been adopted by Governors so that the school takes all reasonable steps to keep al of its pupils sfe.

We thank you in advance for your co-operation and support regarding this matter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school on 01443 473730.

Your sincerely

Mr H Griffiths