Gibraltar Area Schools may be taking nuts out of its school so you do not have to after taking up the discussion at its board meeting earlier this week. Currently, students with a nut allergy have to sit at a designated table where nuts are not allowed. During the discussion, Superintendent Tina Van Meer suggested the district take nut products out of what it offers through its school lunch line and concession stands. Eating on the bus could also go away as a part of the discussion. Van Meer says the district wants to control what it can control and not necessarily ban nut products altogether. She says it could also promote a more inclusive situation for those allergic to nuts in the lunchroom.
Van Meer says no action was taken at the meeting and the topic will be discussed at future meetings. Food Allergy Research and Education estimates 10 million people suffer from peanut and tree nut allergies and the prevalence of the allergy tripled among U.S. kids between 1998 and 2006.