A Sydney primary school has gone to extreme lengths to protect children with severe allergies.
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, at Campbelltown, has advised parents that birthday cakes, slices, doughnuts, biscuits and similar foods will no longer be permitted to be brought to school and given to children to celebrate birthdays and other events.
The school also has taken steps to ensure any cakes or slices sold in the canteen are not cooked with nuts or eggs, shared Daily Telegraph.
In the school newsletter, parents were told the school had taken the extreme steps to protect children who were severely allergic to such foods, particularly those that contained nuts and eggs.
Instead, it was suggested parents could buy an “ice block” for each child in the class in lieu of celebrating with a cake.
A Wollongong Catholic Education Office spokeswoman said diocese schools were guided by the NSW Education Department’s Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools guidelines.
“This is managed on a school-by-school basis, where each individual school determines and implements the necessary risk management processes for their school based on the needs and circumstances of their student population – a strategy similarly implemented by a number of schools across the state,” the spokeswoman said.
“St Thomas More Catholic Parish Primary School, Ruse, has students attending the school who have severe allergic reactions to foods containing nuts and/or eggs.
“The safety of our students is our No.1 priority, and the school has acted accordingly, seeking to minimise the risk to these students by removing egg- and nut-based cakes and slices from the school canteen and asking parents to also not bring such foods in to school.
“Parents were notified of this change in term 4 last year, and the school has provided alternative ways for children’s birthdays to be celebrated at school in their most recent school newsletter.”
Our school has generally done it by a class to class basis, but most teachers do prefer icy poles so it is fair for all students.
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