Keeping the Nuts out of Fairfield Public Schools

Real Estate Agent with Lattimer Realty

Fairfield NJ Nut Free School DistrictDue to severe nut allergies and the dangers involved to children with nut allergies, Fairfield Public Schools are keeping nuts out of their schools.  (Now if you ask me I still see plenty of nuts running around but, that's just my own opinion). 

At the Fairfield Board of Education's meeting on August 25, 2009, Dr. Mary Kildow, Superintendent of Schools, explained that allergic reactions can be a life-threatening situation for children who are afflicted. Those who are severely sensitive can react even by simply touching nut products or their residues.

For those residents who did not attend the August 25, 2009 meeting did not know that such a policy was even being considered nor did many know that it was in effect until an article was published by our local newspaper, The Progress on August 31, 2009.  Subsequently thereafter the parents of children in the Fairfield schools received letters from the Superintendent advising parents that nut related products will not be allowed in school and that Maschio's Food Services, who handles the district's HSA sponsored lunch program, have revised their menus to adhere to the nut free environment policies [to keep the nuts out of Fairfield Schools] approved by the Fairfield Board of Education. 

The Fairfield Public Schools (grades K-6) are enacting the same procedure the school district in Roseland, New Jersey put into place last year which ultimately is to shelter the Fairfield students from offending foods.  Fairfield and Roseland grammar school students, along with grammar school students of North Caldwell and Essex Fells attend the West Essex Regional School District for grades 7-12. 

For those parents of children with nut allergies, this is just one more reason why you should move to Fairfield.  However, parents of children who will only eat peanut butter and jelly for lunch and want to live within the West Essex Regional School District have the choice to live in neighboring towns of North Caldwell and/or Essex Fells or the alternative, find your child a new favorite food!

Read Fairfield Public Schools' Allergic Reaction Policy (Nut Free).

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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
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Seems to becoming a big deal in schools.  I can't remember a single kid who had a nut, milk, or gluten allergy when I was a kid but now it seems like one out of every 3 does.

Sep 03, 2009 04:29 PM #1
Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Gina: Great local happenings postings. That nut thing is really ripe for the picking. I don't remember nut allergies being a big issue when I was growing up in the 70s-80s.

Sep 03, 2009 04:39 PM #2
Heather Adkinson
Windermere K-2 Realty LLC - Moses Lake, WA
Real Estate Agent - Moses Lake

Gina this has been at our schools over 2 years...on the other hand my pediatrican just told me to start my 6 month old on peanut butter early because they seem to think that withholding it has helped aggrevate the allergies to these extremes.  I think they may have something there and as soon as I muster up the courage I will be giving my baby nuts!!

Sep 03, 2009 05:57 PM #3
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

I just recently heard about the "nut" situation! It's nuts! How things change!

Sep 05, 2009 01:37 AM #4
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Gina - After I saw the title of your post, I thought there was a serious problem with oddballs prowling the schoolgrounds.  Happy to see that it was actual nuts, not the other kind.

Sep 05, 2009 06:46 AM #5
Derrick Guevremont
Counselor Realty of Rochester - Rochester, MN
Rochester MN Homes for Sale

Now all Fairfield has to do is convince parents whose children have nut allergies that they can make a good living there.

Aug 31, 2010 04:41 PM #6
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