Guidelines for Food Activities at School

Many Classroom enrichment activities include food. For the safety of our students and staff, Edmonds School District's Health Services Department has developed the following food guidelines based on information from Snohomish Health District:

  • Use careful hand washing with soap and hot water before preparing and/or serving food, after using the restroom, after sneezing or coughing, and as necessary when food is being served.
  • Food served to students should be served using disposable gloves or tongs. It is best to use gloves or utensils rather than touch with hands. If gloves or tongs are not available, serve with well washed hands and use minimal touch.
  • Due to increased allergies in children, it is recommended that if there is a known food allergy in the classroom it is preferred that food containing this allergen is not brought into the classroom. This cannot be guaranteed.
  • Commercial cakes, breads, cookies, and other potentially non-hazardous baked goods are preferred.
  • Prepared food from a commercial source is made following strict state and local inspection. For that reason, it is preferred that food items come sealed from the store.
  • Because of the difficulty of providing adequate refrigeration, foods containing milk and dairy products, meat, poultry, eggs, fish,shellfish, potatoes, beans, rice, or cut melons and sprouts are not to be served.
  • No home canned products are allowed.
  • Fresh fruit can be used if it is washed and cut immediately before it is to be served.
  • Never serve unpasteurized juice of any kind, especially apply juice or cider.
  • Canned or bottled drinks are preferable to beverages that are mixed and brought in.
  • Disposable cups, plates, and utensils are preferable.

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