Allergy Policy


East Lake is a Nut Aware School

Like many schools in Canada, East Lake has a number of students with life threatening allergies to peanuts and nuts.  Many of these allergies cause anaphylaxis and are very serious.  As a result, we need to ensure students do not bring any type of nut (peanut, hazelnut, etc.) or products containing nuts (Nutella, peanut butter, etc.) into the school.

What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. Approximately 1-2% of Canadians live with the risk of an anaphylactic reaction. Food allergies are the most common cause of anaphylaxis. The most common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, egg and milk products. Anaphylaxis can affect multiple body systems. This can range from skin inflammation to anaphylactic shock, which is an explosive over-reaction of the body’s immune system. This can be characterized by swelling, difficulty breathing, abdominal cramps, circulatory collapse, coma and, ultimately death.
Source: Anaphylaxis Canada

Being Nut Aware means you are:

  • Aware that nut allergies can cause serious illness and can be fatal
  • Aware that some of our students have life threatening nut allergies
  • Aware that it is everyone’s right to be safe at school
  • Aware of the signs and of anaphylaxis, and what to do if you see it
  • Aware of our rules:
    • no foods that do or may contain any elements of peanuts or nuts.

It is everyone's responsibility to help keep all of our students be safe.

Parents of any child with allergies must inform the office and provide appropriate, up to date medication in case of exposure.  To keep students with severe allergies safe, we ask that they wear their epi-pens (medication) at all times so it can be accessed easily if needed.   It is also a good idea to remind your child with allergies to not share food or eat any outside food that may be brought in to the school for celebrations.  While we make every effort to keep students from being exposed to allergens, we cannot guarantee it will never occur.

If you would like more information on common allergens and anaphylaxis, please visit

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