Fairfield-Suisun district to eye peanut-free classrooms, schools

By From page A5 | July 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Practices that include some peanut-free classrooms and schools will go before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees for review after trustees said Thursday that a districtwide policy prohibiting peanut products couldn’t be enforced – and heard that Fairfield schools served 183,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this year.

Two community members had proposed changes to the school district policy. Bud Nobili, a former Placer County superintendent of schools whose 4-year-old grandson will begin kindergarten next school year in the Fairfield-Suisun district, told trustees that peanut allergies are life-threatening.

He said current school district policies increase chances that a child with such allergies will come into contact with peanut products.

An end to nutrition services preparing food with peanut products was among sample policies before trustees.

Trustee John Silva said a prohibition on peanut products would involve asking parents of 20,000 students in Fairfield-Suisun schools to restrict snacks their children can bring to schools.

Parents who don’t have a lot of money would face expenses if the district policy were changed, Silva said.

David Isom, president of the board of trustees, said: “A lot of children can’t afford to eat much other than peanut butter and jelly.”

Trustee Pat Shamansky said it would be virtually impossible to put in place a prohibition on peanut products and that school officials can’t tell families what food items can be brought to school.

“We don’t take this lightly,” she said of the health issues children with peanut allergies face.

Shamansky said she is interested in a site-by-site approach to address the issue.

Trustees are expected to take up the matter again at their first meeting in August.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • 2realJuly 11, 2014 - 5:55 am

    I think gangs weapons and drugs on campus are slightly deadlier than peanuts...

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  • Mr. Green ValleyJuly 11, 2014 - 11:39 am

    I hope the district will reconsider this. When will we stop penalizing the majority (in this case 99.4 to 99%) for the minority (.6 - 1%)? After we successfully get rid of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches which target food group will be next? Shellfish? Will they stop at airborne? Or will we go into ingest-able allergens? Will we get rid of grass and trees? Think about it. 1 in 13 kids suffer from allergies that could potentially be deadly. Those allergens cross all major food groups by either airborne or ingest-able allergens. If we get rid of all the food groups in the schools, then what? We can't live in an over regulated bubble environment. It's not good for the psychology of the kids. Kids can learn at a very early age what they can, or cannot eat. I know of at least one 3 year old that will ask if something has peanuts prior to eating. Why can't adults get it? Can't they see, that kids can be independent?

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  • patrickJuly 11, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Another opening for obama's wife.

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