Food in Our Schools: Outside Food

  • Like many other school districts across the nation, the Great Valley School District continues to see an increase in the number of students who have life threatening food allergies. In fact, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) reports that 1 in 13 children today have at least one food allergy and that more than 15% of school-aged children with food allergies have had an allergic reaction at school. As a District that is committed to the safety and well-being of all our students, we take these facts very seriously. To that end, we implement procedures and protocols in all of our schools to minimize the risk of accidental ingestion or exposure to allergens. We have expanded those protocols for the 2017-2018 school year and are asking for your help and cooperation.

    The Great Valley School District does not permit outside food in the classroom for parties or other activities. This includes celebrations such as Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and birthdays. Instead, we encourage our teachers and parents to find safe and inclusive ways to celebrate. For example, special events can be celebrated with crafts or games. Treat bags can be filled with tiny toys or other non-edible trinkets. We are confident that our school community will find a number of creative ways to celebrate without introducing a potential food risk into the classroom.

    Please note that the practices above do not apply to events after school or evening events. They pertain only to observances and celebrations during the school day. Additionally, students remain welcome to bring an individual snack for consumption during the school day.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • The questions below are about food in our schools and have been commonly asked by parents. If you have a question you'd like to see answered, please email it to us