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Luke Rakoczy, Principal
2253 Story Ave., Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 370-1243 Fax: (518) 370-4610


September 22, 2016

Peanut and tree nut allergies

This year, Van Antwerp Middle School has a number of students with serious allergies to peanuts or tree nuts which require attention from the Van Antwerp school community, faculty, staff, students and families to facilitate lunch and snacks. The school is instituting building-wide procedures to help lessen the possibility of allergic reactions by those with peanut or tree nut allergies.

  • Let the school know if your child requires a peanut and tree nut or allergen (other than nut) free lunch table.
  • Remind your child that teachers will be asking that anyone eating in a classroom wipe down their desk after eating.
  • Remind your child not to throw food, play with food or make an undue mess when eating.
  • When sending your child with lunch or snack from home, please include a small piece of paper or post-it with your child's lunch that simply says "nut free" if you've made an effort to avoid peanut or tree nut ingredients.
  • Be extra vigilant about the above reminders during field trips when snacking and sharing food is more common.
Resources and Information

Letter to Parents/Guardians

List of Nut-Free Snacks

Tree Nut Sticker Page - to mark a student's lunch as peanut and tree nut free