Food Policy

EBS Classroom Food Policy


Each year we have more and more students with severe food allergies. As a school we work with staff, parents and physicians to come up with an individual health plan for each student with allergies. The teachers are diligent about following this plan and most students understand their allergies and are careful about what they eat. Even with these precautions students sometimes are exposed to allergens. There are some children within our school who could have a serious allergic reaction from contact with even a microscopic amount of the offending foods. The purpose of our food policy is to make our school safer for our students with allergies and comply with the state Ed Code for nutritional requirements.

1.) All classroom food events adhere to the following rules:

A.) All food served must follow Ed Code nutrition requirements by either being 1) from the cafeteria or 2) on the San Diego Unified Approved Snack List.

B.) All food must be pre-packaged, labeled with ingredients

C.) All fresh fruit and vegetables must be washed/cut/prepared in a commercial kitchen except fresh fruit with an inedible peel which is served whole.

D.) Prepackaged food labels must be provided to the teacher two days in advance so that the teacher has time to check ingredients.

E.) No home-prepared food

2.) Students may not give candy or food to other students. All food must be distributed by the teacher. Students may not include candy/food with their Valentines or pass out candy to their friends on Halloween or Valentines Day or any other day.

3.) There will be no impromptu food parties. These events will be calendared at the beginning of the year. All parents will receive the yearly calendar by the third week of school. This will help parents of students with allergies plan ahead for events. The calendar can be changed with one week's advanced notice.

4.) The only food allowed for birthday celebrations are the 100% fruit popsicles on the approved food list. Parents who wish to send in a "treat" for their child's birthday are encouraged to provide non-food "treats" such as pencils, erasers, party favors etc. instead of popsicles on birthdays. Note: The older grade levels do not celebrate birthdays at school.

5.) It is ultimately the responsibility of teachers to make sure that all food in the classroom is safe for the students. The teacher can ask the nurse or health tech for assistance.

San Diego Unified Approved Snack List

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