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Food Allergy Information

Food Allergies - Transportation

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. 

With the numerous health issues in our district, we must be careful to determine that foods and environments are safe for all students. District Policy and Procedure 6700 clarifies the procedures that must be followed when food and beverages are brought on campus and/or district property for group consumption. The 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. For more information, please contact the District Health Services staff at (509) 559-0490.