The Twin Valley School District recognizes that life-threatening allergies are on the rise nationally and affects 5% of children and 4% of adults including many in each elementary center. People diagnosed with severe allergies can have devastating reactions that can result in serious illness, or in extreme cases, death when exposed to a specific food allergen. Some are at-risk only if they ingest the identified allergen. For others, simply touching a desk in the classroom or a water fountain that has the allergen on it can trigger an allergic reaction. To support our students and staff diagnosed with a life threatening allergy, the TVSD elementary centers have added the following procedures to address classroom birthday celebrations, daily snacks (if permitted by the classroom teacher), and classroom parties.