SD District enacts peanut ban to protect student

AVON, S.D. (AP) — A southeast South Dakota school district has enacted a peanut ban to protect the health of a student.

The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan (http://bit.ly/1ewZAow ) reports that the Avon school district board has banned peanuts, peanut products and all nuts from school property and buses because a recently enrolled student has a potentially life-threatening allergy.

Superintendent Tom Culver says some parents questioned why the ban was necessary arguing that the student could just avoid eating peanuts and related products at school. Culver says most people don't realize how serious a peanut allergy can be.

The newspaper reports the ban includes lunches, snacks, in-school birthday parties or food taken on field trips.

School cooks no longer order peanut butter. District employees sanitized the school during winter break to remove peanut traces.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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