While providing children with an excellent Christian education, one of our top priorities at Faith Christian School is the safety and well-being of our students. With the increasing number of students that have a severe, potentially life-threatening allergy to peanuts within our school, the FCS School Board has decided that both the elementary and secondary campuses will be peanut-free to ensure their safety.
It is school policy that no peanuts or peanut products be brought to school. Any exposure to peanuts may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment. Peanut butter is unique in that the invisible oil residue is easily spread onto surfaces - coming into contact with 1/8000 of a peanut can induce anaphylaxis in someone with a severe peanut allergy.
Families can help to ensure that our school stays peanut-free by reading packaging labels and reminding children not to share food at school. There are many whole foods that do not contain peanuts, but processed and packaged foods can be more difficult to distinguish. Please refer to the product package chart as to what is a safe food to bring to school.
This is a learning process for all of us but we trust that you understand how deeply important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. It is from a heart of compassion and humility that we seek to meet the needs of others (Phil. 2:1-4). We sincerely appreciate your cooperation as we work to maintain our school as a safe environment for all students.
No PBJ?! What can I pack? There are many peanut-free options available when packing snacks and lunch for school.
*Note: Products may change ingredients, please check label
Peanut-free Lunch Main Course Ideas:
- Meat and cheese: as a sandwich, with crackers, rolled up in a tortilla, cut into shapes like in Lunchables...
- Egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad: as a sandwich, with crackers, wrapped in lettuce...
- Other creative sandwiches/wraps: cream cheese and jelly, tomato and mozzarella, hummus, vegetables, quesadillas, bagels, pitas
- Thermos: send hot foods ready to eat like soups, chili, rice and beans, mac and cheese, pasta, leftovers from dinner the night before!
- Substantial protein sides: hard boiled egg, cheese stick, yogurt, cottage cheese
Peanut-free Sides and Snack Ideas:
- Vegetables: carrots, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, broccoli, pepper strips, with dips like ranch or hummus, green salad
- Fruits: banana, apples. oranges, grapes, pears, strawberries, melons, etc. applesauce, fruit cups, plain dried fruits
- Crackers: Wheat Thins, Triscuits, Ritz (not Ritz bits or sandwiches) Pepperidge Farms Cheddar Goldfish, Cheez-its, Cheese Nips, Better Cheddars, Saltines, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid Graham Crackers, and more
- Cereals: Chex, Shredded Wheat, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, Kix, Kashi, Cheerios (original), other unsweetened cereals without nuts,
- Nutri-Grain brand Cereal Bars
- Chips: pretzels (most brands), popcorn, Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos, potato chips, Pringles, Sun Chips, Tostitos
Peanut-free Special Treats:
- Fruit snacks and Pop Tarts
- Cookies: Oreos (regular), Keebler Fudge Stripes, Fudge Grahams, Grasshopper Fudge Mint, E.L. Fudge sandwich cookies (original), Nilla Wafers
- Kellogg's Rice Krispie Treats (original), Kraft marshmallows
- Pudding: Jell-O Pudding Cups and Gelatin, Hunts Pudding, Kraft Handi Snacks Pudding Cups
- Frozen: popsicles, whole fruit bars, Icee squeeze up tubes, Orange push-ups, Breyer's Vanilla ice cream
- Candy: Air Heads, Blow pops, Dum-Dum suckers, Gummy bears/worms, Hershey Kisses (milk chocolate), Jolly Ranchers, Junior Mints, Laffy Taffy, Life Savers, Milk Duds, Necco Sweethearts boxes (candy hearts), Nerds, Pixie Sticks, Ring Pops, Rolos, Runts, Sixlets, Skittles, Smarties, Spree, Starburst, Swedish Fish, Sweet Tarts, Tootsie Rolls and Pops, Twizzlers licorice, Whoppers
* There are many other "health food" brands and items that are not listed that are free of peanuts and other major allergens