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Letter to parents - Nut allergies

posted 25 Nov 2015, 06:18 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 25 Nov 2015, 06:20 ]

24th November 2015


Dear Parent/Carer     

At Sandown Bay Academy we currently have 11 students who have severe allergies (Anaphylaxis). Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction at the extreme end of the allergic spectrum. The whole body is affected by the allergen, often within minutes of exposure, but sometimes hours later. The causes of allergic reaction can include food such as nuts, seafood, eggs, wheat, insect stings and drugs. To minimise the risk of anaphylaxis occurring, we have taken precautions and are working towards being nut safe and allergy aware. The success of this requires the co-operation of all parents, pupils and school staff.

We would like to remind all parents of the danger that even small amounts of an allergen pose to these children. Most severe allergic reactions are the result of ingestion but other reactions can be triggered by touching surfaces, such as computer keyboards, books or a piano, if these surfaces have previously been used by someone who has eaten nut products. Nuts are part of a healthy diet for those without allergy but we would appreciate that such pupils eat them at home rather than bring them into school, since there are pupils who do have severe nut allergies. Therefore we would ask all parents not to provide pupils with school snacks which include nuts.

Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring that Sandown Bay Academy is a safe environment for all of our students.

Yours sincerely

Claire Charlemagne

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Karen Bricknell,
25 Nov 2015, 06:19