Allergies gone wild

Administrators are trying a variety of approaches to keep allergic kids safe in school cafeterias this fall.

Some schools designate nut-free spaces, to cope with some of the most common foods. Many schools no longer allow students to bring any type of eatable birthday treats. And if full-day kindergarteners bring snacks to eat in the classroom, those snacks must respect the class-specific food list.

Allergies have gone wild. For example, here’s a list of allergies represented by students in a single elementary classroom: pork, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, pineapple, oranges, eggs, dairy, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, artificial color, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners.

Unreal, but all too believable.


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