Due 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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