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Birthday Treats at School

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ALLENDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
ALLENDALE, NJ 07401
 
 
Dear Parents,

At the end of last year, we had two serious incidents where students negatively responded to an allergen baked into birthday treats brought from home.  With the significant rise of food allergies, there is simply no way to know all ingredients used or even the potential unknown cross contamination that may have occurred. This prompted us to review our practices for all school celebrations, parties, and events when food enters our buildings.
 
After careful consideration of our student health practices, the District has decided that food will no longer be permitted as part of classroom birthday celebrations in Grades K-5.  Birthdays are not celebrated in Grades 6-8. Recognizing the importance of celebrations and other parties within the school community, these will continue to have food.  Administration and staff can monitor a few major celebrations (Holiday parties, Author's tea, etc.) with guidance from the school nurses working with the PTO and class parents. We take the safety of our students seriously and it has become very challenging to confidently control the many variables in food items entering our school buildings for every child's birthday.  
 
We will continue to acknowledge birthdays, a major milestone for our students, in a fun manner through classroom activities. We thank you for your flexibility and cooperation and wish you and your child a successful school year.
 
 
Sincerely,
Michael J. Barcadepone, Ed. D.
Superintendent