Food Allergies - Classrooms

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Please read the following documents:-

Snack Guidelines:-

Snack Guidelines MCPASD Elementary Classroom 15 16 (2).pdf

Birthday Snack Ideas:-

Snack birthday ST (1).pdf

You have all read the headlines and seen the news stories:  food allergies are a growing concern in schools across America.  It may only take a trace amount of an allergy-causing substance to trigger an allergic reaction, and a food allergy can be potentially fatal.  Strict avoidance of an allergy-causing food is the only way to avoid a reaction. 

Please be advised some classrooms have severe food allergies.  The snack and/or treats in these classrooms should be free of all classroom allergens. Home-baked goods are not allowed in these classrooms for treats that are to be shared with all children, as there is no way to guarantee that the items are safe.  In addition, please make sure that all purchased treats are clearly labeled. 

Please read labels and do not bring foods with labels stating “may contain peanuts or tree nuts” or “processed in a plant that also processes peanut and/or tree nuts”—those food items are not considered safe.

If you plan to bring in a snack or special treat to share, and/or are not sure if a particular item is food-allergen free, please contact your child’s teacher or Miss Teema (608-829-9347) in the school health office so that they can assist you.


MCPASD Elementary Classroom Snack Guidelines

(Non-allergy classrooms only)***

School Year 2015-16

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect student health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating.  Elementary classrooms may participate in a morning snack paired with milk to provide the food some students may need between breakfast and lunch.  These guidelines have been developed by educators and health professionals to aid parents in making choices to contribute to their student’s learning readiness.

Utilize these guidelines to provide appropriate classroom snacks from home:

  • Snacks should be small to insure your student has an appetite for lunch 
  • All snacks must contain not more than 30% of calories per serving from fat and less than 10% calories per serving from saturated fat;  avoid all foods that list trans fats as part of the saturated fat content
  • Milk (8 oz carton) generally provides between 90 and 130 calories plus calcium, protein and Vitamin D
  • Whole grains are always preferable to refined flours.  Choose products with “whole wheat” or “whole corn flour” listed as the first ingredient
  • Products that list sugar, cane sugar, beet sugars, dextrose, corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup in the first three to five ingredients is generally not a nutritious choice for students during their learning day.  However, there may be exceptions like low-fat flavored yogurt.  The goal is a healthy choice to fuel your student’s learning day
  • To provide the best choice for your students, provide either fresh or dried fruit or fruit canned in juice

Recommended & Acceptable Examples of Classroom Snacks

to help students learn better

Fresh, dried or canned (juice packed) fruit

Fresh vegetables

Granola or Granola Bars

Low-fat yogurt products or string cheese

Whole grain cereal – reduced sugar only

Hummus or other bean dips

100% fruit juice

Trail Mix without candy added

Popcorn – air popped

Low Fat Mini Muffins – 2 ounces or less

Nut or seed butters (non-allergy rooms, only!)

Pretzels, Crackers or Bagels – whole grain, please

These Classroom Snack examples will not help your student learn and are not accepted at school-

Please do not send:

Candy, Candy Bars or Caramel Popcorn

Sweetened Cereal – Sugar will appear among the first three to five ingredients on the label

Cake, Cupcakes, Doughnuts, Cookies, Bars or Brownies

Frosted or crème filled snacks or crackers

Any soda pop or sweetened beverages including sweetened fruit juices

Butter or oil popped popcorn

Classroom Holiday and Birthday Treats!!!

Healthy choices are encouraged for party and birthday celebrations.  Store bought cupcakes and cake are not acceptable due to their sugar and fat content including high levels of trans fats.  Treats provided from home must have an ingredient list to insure safety for all students within the classroom.  Use the list of recommended snacks to create a party atmosphere with healthy potential.  You could also consider Lunch Celebration Treats which are available from Lunch Express.  These treats all meet or exceed the guidelines listed above.  Forms are available in your school office and online. 

***PLEASE be aware of food allergies & health conditions in your child’s classroom:  The guidelines above are for classrooms without student food allergies or other health conditions.  If your student is enrolled in a classroom with allergy or health concerns, separate information tailored to those student needs will be available and will be distributed through your classroom teacher.