By Ken Trainor
Oak Park's St. Giles parochial school plans to become a "nut-free" campus.
The school board is currently considering a policy that addresses peanuts and other nut-related student allergies. St. Giles, 1034 N. Linden, is following other schools in the country trying to keep kids safe from food-related sensitivities.
Other Oak Park schools already have such policies and procedures in place.
At elementary school District 97, some classrooms are "nut free zones," meaning no nuts of any kind are allowed in. Tables have been set up in the lunchroom for, say, students with peanut butter sandwiches so that they don't sit next to kids with peanut allergies.
Oak Park and River Forest High School has a similar "food-allergy management program." Peanuts, for example, are not banned on campus.
Parents are required fill out an allergy history form. Also, staff members trained in emergency response are designated to help students with an allergic reaction.