Many schools oppose homemade treats – here’s why Triopia joins them

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In order to protect students from allergic reactions to food, the Triopia School District has made the decision not to allow home baked goods in classrooms for special events like birthday parties, especially with young students.

“Basically, we only have kids with major allergies,” Triopia Superintendent Adam Dean said. “It makes things easier for children and teachers.”

But it’s not just about making sure a student doesn’t suffer an allergy attack, it’s also about making sure all students are involved and not leaving one behind. aside who cannot eat with his comrades.

“We don’t want anyone to be left out,” Dean said, adding that stopping home baked goods would ensure everyone can participate equally.

Going forward, all holiday foods must now be store-bought and pre-packaged to ensure safety. For Dean, however, this goes beyond student safety.

“Keeping kids safe is number one,” he said, “but, to be honest, we also have to keep the district safe.”

Triopia isn’t the only neighborhood that doesn’t allow baked goods.

The Virginia School District policy has clear guidelines regarding food brought for parties and states that “Due to health and scheduling concerns, treats and snacks for any occasion must be arranged in advance with the class teacher. All treats and snacks must be store bought and pre-packaged in individual servings. No homemade treats or snacks are allowed at school. Treats and snacks may not require refrigeration and should have an ingredient list clearly printed on the package. We strongly encourage you to choose a treat or snack with nutritional value.

Jacksonville School District Superintendent Steve Ptacek said middle and high school aren’t that much of an issue due to the fact that they don’t really have birthday parties and similar events, and that older students are more aware of their own allergies. For the younger ones, it’s a different story.

“Each elementary school principal has their own guidelines,” Ptazek said of packaged foods. “But, we don’t allow home baked goods, they must be store bought.”

Thanking the cafeteria staff, Dean said they had a good idea of ​​what students could eat when it came to regular lunches.

“They already know what allergies are already there,” he said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “food allergies are a growing food safety and public health problem that affects about 8% of children in the United States, or 1 in 13 children, or about two students per class”.

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