Food in the Classroom and on the Bus

Student safety is one of the most important things at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School. Each year, we see more students with peanut and/or tree nut allergies including some cases in which even a microscopic amount of the offending food may cause a life threatening allergic reaction. The allowance of food and/or drink in high school classrooms is a decision to be made by the class instructors or appropriate supervisors. If allowed, drinks must be in closed containers. If the instructor allows food or drink in the classroom, the room must be left clean for the next instructor. Clorox wipes are supplied to each room and students must wipe the surfaces of any desk or table where food is consumed. Food and/or drink shall not be permitted in laboratories or classrooms if such permission presents a safety concern for a student or might result in damage to school equipment. We require that no food items with peanuts and/or tree nuts be eaten in the classroom for a snack or any other class events. Only food items found on the Tree Nut and Peanut Free Snacks for LMMHS list may be eaten in approved classrooms. Although not recommended, students will still be allowed to bring peanut and tree nut products for their school lunches because there is a dedicated nut-free table provided for students with allergies in the school lunch room.

Tree Nut and Peanut Free Snacks for LMMHS

The following foods are free from peanuts and tree nuts, and are safe to bring to school for snacks:
Note: when buying pre-packaged foods (like yogurts or snack crackers), please make sure the label clearly states that they are packaged in a peanut and tree nut free facility. The brands & products listed below do not process peanuts or tree nuts in their facilities.
• Any fresh vegetable
• Any fresh fruit
• Any cheese
• Any meat/fish
• Plain, vanilla or fruit yogurt
• Pepperidge Farm breads—any kind
• Sabra and Tribe brand Hummus
• Whole edamame (soybeans)
• Pumpkin seeds
• Sunflower seeds or Sunflower nut butter
• Triscuts (plain)
Wheat Thins
Premium Saltines (original)
• Cheeze-its
• Pretzels
• Goldfish Crackers (original, colors, cheddar, pretzel flavors are all made in nut free facility)

For the safety of students with allergies, please avoid:
• Peanuts and peanut butter
• Tree nuts, including almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, brazil and macadamia nuts, and nut butters
• Granola or trail mix
• Granola bars and other snack bars (such as Power bars, Kind bars)
• Cereal or cereal bars
• Crackers or snacks that are not listed above
• Processed foods of any kind unless the label specifically states that it is made in a facility that does not process trees nuts or peanuts

This list was compiled by Dr Lisa Nelson, Medical Director of The Nutrition Center. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at lisanelsonmd@gmail.com