Back-to-School Allergies - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Back-to-School Allergies

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Many food allergies are extremely sensitive, and parents of children with allergies worry when sending them back to school. But it's easier to work around them than you think.

"We take the allergy issue very seriously and it seems like it has increased over the last few years but that's why we do work with the physicians and the parents," says Bette Hunt, General Manager of Food Services. "We make sure that we have something from their physician telling us what the allergy is. And then we try to work closely with the parent, the student, the school nurse, to make sure that they items that they choose from our menu don't have the ingredients in that may cause a problem."

Whether your child is allergic to peanuts or gluten, or anything in between, a safe meal for your child is the goal of the district's food services.

"We do take care of everything on a case by case basis... Then we'll actually go through all of our ingredients and all of our products and let the parent and the student what items they can and can't eat. So, it really is kind of an item by item issue," says Hunt.

If your child has allergies to dust, the summer months shouldn't mean a build up of that dust for the start of the school year.

"It's a critical time for us. I mean, that's really our busiest time is in the summer when we get a chance to really get in and do a deep clean," says Lew Anderson, Executive Director of Facilities for School District Two. "When you remove all of the particulates and the dust from the room and do a deep thorough clean, it's definitely going to make for a very healthy learning environment."

Lockwood School starts Wednesday, August 21st and Billings Public Schools start Wednesday the 28th. Send in your child's first day of school pictures to our KULR-8 Facebook page or to news@kulr.com.

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