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Safe Celebrations

Of the over 4500 students in the Cheney School District, approximately 200 have potentially life-threatening health conditions including diabetes, asthma and allergies to beestings, nuts and milk products. As a result, our nutrition services department has been vigilant to ensure that our school breakfast and lunch menus are free of foods that might cause harmful reactions for these students.

There is a culture in most schools, however, that encourages birthday, 100th day of school, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Traditionally, these celebrations have been accompanied by treats provided by well-intentioned families. With the above health issues so numerous in our district, we must be careful to determine that foods are safe for all students. The following clarifies the procedures that must be followed when food and beverages are brought on campus for group consumption:

  1. All food and/or beverages intended for group consumption during the school day will be screened by school personnel in the school office before distribution in the classroom.
  2. Food designated for group consumption by students during the school day shall be free of nuts, nut products, and shall not be manufactured in a plant that processes nuts.
  3. All food brought into the school for group consumption by students during the school day will be commercially prepared and clearly labeled with ingredients.

Please be assured we are not against celebrations. We simply need to ensure our students remain safe at school. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Approved Snack List
All items MUST be Nut Free and processed in a Nut Free Facility
  • Whole Fruit: Banana, Kiwi, Apple, Cutie Brand Citrus
  • Commercially pre-cut fruit
  • Dried Fruit Individually packed: raisins, craisins, banana chips
  • Freeze Dried Fruit (High-Tech Snacking)
  • Dole Fruit Cups in real juice - no sugar added
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Applesauce cups - no sugar added
  • Baby Carrots
  • Edamame
  • Hummus dip with carrots and celery
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Pea pods
  • Vegetable Chips
  • Whole Grain Items
  • Nabisco Graham crackers - whole grain
  • Goldfish crackers - whole grain
  • Plain Sun Chips
  • Quaker rice cakes (apple cinnamon and kettle corn recipes)
  • 100% Juice frozen pops - No corn syrup or artificial coloring
  • 100% juice with no added sugar - less than 8 oz. 
  • Milk - 1% or non-fat - NO FLAVORED milk allowed
  • Low fat cheese sticks
  • Non-Fat yogurt with no artificial sweeteners