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Birthday Treats at WISD Campuses

Birthday Treats at WISD Campuses


  • To create a healthy school environment and minimize disruption of learning.
  • To maintain the health and protect the safety of students who have life-threatening allergies during the school day. (FFAF LEGAL/LOCAL)


Overview and Rationale:

  • Allergens, including food and latex, can trigger a severe systemic allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. 
  • Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency.  Avoidance is the best measure to protect the safety of children with food or other severe allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.


Procedural Guidelines

  • Food or non-food items (stickers, pencils, etc.) for birthday celebration will only be shared with the student’s classmates.
  • All Birthday celebration edible treats will be individually packaged.  Food items will include a complete ingredients list attached to each package.  No homemade items will be allowed.
    • Any food items without a complete ingredients list and those not individually wrapped/packaged will not be distributed.
    • Food items that contain an allergen for any student in the class will not be shared with the class.
  • Non-food items containing latex (balloons, toys made with natural rubber, etc.) will not be allowed.
  • Items will be checked by the school nurse/teacher, held in the office until the end of the school day, and only distributed to classmates at dismissal.


Parent Responsibilities

  • Bring birthday celebration items to the school office.
  • Individually package all items.
  • Include a complete ingredients list on each individually packaged food item.
  • Check with campus principal regarding non-food items for birthday celebrations.


Nurse and Classroom Teacher Responsibilities

  • Will assure all edible birthday celebration items are individually packaged.
  • Will assure each food item has been labeled with a complete ingredients list.
  • Will check classroom allergy list to avoid allergen exposure.
  • Will assure non-food items do not contain latex (natural rubber) when there is a known latex allergy.
  • Teacher will send birthday celebration items home at dismissal.