YCQ Food Allergy Policy

The primary concern of the Yeshiva is the health and safety of our children. As many of you know, children with food sensitivities, such as peanut/nut allergies, who inadvertently ingest or come into contact with a peanut/nut product may suffer severe health consequences such as anaphylactic shock, which may be fatal.

With the objective of protecting the health of our children, we strive to create a nut/peanut free and sesame aware environment. 

YCQ Policy:

Nuts and Peanuts: We are a peanut/nut free facility.  No peanuts/nuts or products made with peanuts/nuts may be brought onto school property ​or school buses. This includes labels that say “may contain” or “may contain traces of.” Products that are produced in a facility that also handles nuts/peanuts are okay for individual consumption, but should not be given out to the class (i.e. at a siyum, Shabbat party, etc.)

Sesame: We are a sesame aware facility. Sesame products are okay for individual consumption but should not be given out to the class (i.e. siyum, Shabbat party, etc.)  We reserve the right to reevaluate and change this policy on a case by case basis if there is a specific need. 

The Lunch Program serves ​no peanut, nut or sesame​ ​products​ in the preparation of foods they provide. 

Administrators and teachers are very aware of children’s allergies and are very vigilant about checking food products brought into school to ensure they adhere to the policy, but we need parental cooperation and partnership in this matter, as well. Parents should adhere to the guidelines when sending in snacks, lunch, treats, etc.

The nut free status of the Yeshiva cannot be taken for granted.  Parents of children with allergies should continue to educate their children about being vigilant in the foods they eat.  Sharing of snacks is discouraged.  In addition, please make sure that the nurse’s office and teachers are notified of your child’s allergies and that an unexpired EpiPen,​ ​along with the​ ​required paperwork, are in place for the school year.