Ivanhoe College is a food allergy aware school. This letter is to inform you that there are a considerable number of students at our school who have severe food allergies. The most common of these allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish, soy and wheat. The most serious risk in our school is nut allergies which can cause life threatening anaphylactic reactions to some of our students. 
 
For some students with this allergy, eating these foods (even in trace amounts) may cause serious reactions that can result in death. However, some students have allergies so severe, that even touching contaminated surfaces, or breathing in airborn nut protein, may cause a fatal anaphylactic reaction. A wealth of resources and information on allergens and reactions can be found on the Anaphylaxis Campaign website:
 https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/ 
 
Our school kitchens and food are already nut free and we do not supply any ingredients in food technology that have nuts or nut derivatives.  In order to maintain the safety of all students, we strongly request that parents / carers of students at Ivanhoe College  help us to ensure that all food brought into school is nut free. 
 
We acknowledge the challenges of maintaining a nut-free environment in college.  Parents / carers of students can support the college in being food allergy aware by:
 
Ensuring that students do not bring in snacks with nuts or nut derivatives from home;
Reminding students not to buy snacks with nuts or nut derivatives on the way to school, to bring into college;
Encouraging students to be allergy aware by:
o educating students to be responsible when eating and handling food both inside and 
outside of school
o helping students to understand that foods they can enjoy freely can be very dangerous to others
o encouraging students to support their class mates with allergies by eating and handling
food responsibly
 
The college will also be raising awareness of food allergies through learnings in both class and assembly over the academic year.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.

29 Nov 2019

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