Greentree Elementary School continues to host peanut-free environments within its walls.
For the past five plus years, Greentree Elementary has taken the necessary steps to make sure students, as well as teachers, are within an environment that safely reflects severe dietary restrictions.
"The safe and caring school model is that we ensure that all kids are safe and looked after so that way we have nut-free (environments) for the classrooms that have anaphylactic reactions," explained the Principal of Greentree, Erin Campbell-Bentley.
The school does not allow peanuts or tree nuts to be present within common areas of the school such as the hallways, the front entry into the school and the gymnasium. This is to thoroughly decrease the spread of allergens that can be particularly harmful to those with nut allergies.
"When they do go over to DVSS, the school is not nut-free there," said Campbell-Bentley. "We do a class by class basis for students who need it. We do have a few classes. It changes sometimes, due to the students needs. We just make sure, like I said, everyone stays safe and is cared for."
It's important, mentioned Campbell-Bentley, that parents and students recognize that allergies, food or non food, should be taken seriously on all school grounds throughout the valley as for some, it really is a life or death situation.
"When we have special events, like in our gym, if there is any food involved, it's always nut-free," she informed.