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Food Allergy Information

Food Allergies


Of the over 5000 students in the Cheney School District, at least 200 have potentially life threatening health conditions including diabetes, asthma and allergies to bee stings, 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.

With the above health issues so numerous in our district, we must be careful to determine that foods and environments are safe for all students. The Cheney School District Board of Directors recently approved some additions to District Policy and Procedure 6700, which clarifies the procedures that must be followed when food and beverages are brought on campus for group consumption. The new procedure language is as follows:

  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.
  4. To be consistent with the above procedures, no food or beverages should be consumed during bus transportation. Not only is it dangerous for students with allergies, but there is an increased risk of a student choking.

Diabetic students may have any nut free snack as needed during the bus ride.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please contact Lorri Kempffer with any questions. 559-4507