Newly Revised Allergy Policy!
Grades K-8 are now completely peanut & sesame-free, as are all school events held at RTA.
At RTA the safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance. Since food is involved in many parts of our day from lunch and snack to celebrations and after school activities, we have strict food policies to ensure that every student is safe and to maximize inclusiveness. We strive to accommodate allergies and food sensitivity issues, adhere to kosher standards and promote the overall health of our students.
We ask that all parents take the extra time to read food labels when sending anything to school, as many unexpected products present issues – as an example, even some brands of plain bagels may contain sesame.
Products which say “May contain traces” (of peanuts and/or sesame) or “manufactured in same facility”/“made on shared equipment” are acceptable.
A website which is an excellent resource and recommended reading and viewing is www.alergyready.com.
Please see below for details regarding sesame free foods, labels that are acceptable, and peanut alternative suggestions.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
General Food Policies:
There is a strict “no sharing food” policy throughout the school.
In order to alleviate various problems, meat lunches should not be brought to school.
Many parents choose to bring cake or other special items for birthday celebrations or when students reach certain milestones in class. Since these foods are generally shared, please adhere to the following policies when bringing in food for others:
- Whenever food is brought in for a classroom party, birthday, or other occasion, it must be brought by the office for approval.
- If bringing in dairy items to be shared, please make every effort to include a pareve option. For a list of pareve snack and lunch ideas please see the back of this handbook.
- In addition to the sensitivity to allergies and kosher supervision, it is preferred that food brought into school for birthdays, class parties or other occasions be healthy rather than in the “junk food” category.
PEANUT AND SESAME INFORMATION AND ALTERNATIVES
Peanut Butter Alternatives available at most grocery stores:
- Soy Butter
- Sunflower Butter
- Almond Butter (also comes in Chocolate and other flavors)
- Cashew Butter
- Hazelnut Butter/Nutella
Sesame; some foods to beware of:
- Hummus – most hummus will contain Tahini, which is sesame paste
(Good news – Trader Joe’s carries sesame free hummus!)
- Pretzels, crackers, chips, granola bars and some cookies
PLEASE check labels carefully to be sure there is no sesame or peanuts.
If you are unsure about any matters concerning our food policies, please feel free to ask another parent – they will be happy to help and impressed that you asked.