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.
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