Allergy Awareness

St. Anne's acknowledges the prevalence of food allergies in our student community. We are a tree-nut and peanut free school. Statistics indicate that approximately one percent of the United States population has peanut and tree-nut allergies.

At St. Anne's, the number of children in our elementary and middle schools with “nut” allergies far exceeds the national average. Upon ingestion or even air-borne exposure to these products, allergic reactions can range from hives, to skin swelling, to asthmatic wheezing, to gastrointestinall distress, to increased heart rate, and to an even more life threatening reaction, commonly known as anaphylaxis.

Anaphylax involves a reaction within the respiratory tract that causes swelling in the airways and constricts the flow of oxygen. If not treated immediately, this reaction can be fatal. A portion of our students present all of these symptoms and require special medications and consistent monitoring to ensure their safety at all times. These students live with this life-threatening challenge each day.

The medical community has provided explicit training to staff members in recognizing the symptoms and responding immediately to these emergency situations. Such an initiative requires the commitment and vigilance of every member of the community.

All students are required to avoid sending to school any foods that may contain nuts.

Parents should address their questions to their classroom teacher, the Division Heads, or the School Nurses, Andrea Croce or Bev Ashkenase.