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McFarland School District making changes to help students with nut allergies

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MCFARLAND (WKOW) --- McFarland School District is changing their classroom policy to not allow peanuts or nut products.  This will go in effect at all of the schools minus the high school.  Here is a letter they sent parents on Tuesday.

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Health Services is committed to the daily management of students with identified life threatening food allergies. The increase of students with severe allergies poses unique challenges for both students and school staff. It is our goal to avoid and prevent accidental exposure to students who may be affected by allergenic food substances. Therefore, all classrooms at Conrad Elvehjem Early Learning Center, the McFarland Primary School, Waubesa Intermediate School, and Indian Mound Middle School will be nut free environments for the 2014-15 school year. Depending upon student needs, some classrooms may have other food restrictions. These restrictions do not apply to the lunchroom setting. At this time, the nut free environment does not apply at the McFarland High School.

27 News first told you about changes McFarland was making back in February.  We spoke with a student and her family about McFarland having nut free classes.   Now they have widened that policy to include not just designated classrooms, but all classrooms in the schools listed.

We highlighted fifth-grader Alexcia Johnson who was working on a Girl Scout project to help educate students on nut allergies.  We caught up her mom Tara as well as Health Coordinator, Alison Potter about the new changes.

Johnson tells us, "I think when people think of food allergies, they think of ingestion.  I want to thank McFarland School District for recognizing that it's also about kids sitting at their desks and getting food on their arms.  My daughter has had a rash on her arm before and had to go to the school nurse."

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