Frank Matteo, Director of Health for Kenosha County, in a letter to Kenosha County schools dated November 14, 2004, addressed and encouraged schools to adhere to the safe public health practice of no home-prepared foods in schools.
By adhering to this safe public health practice and requesting food items which are manufactured from a licensed facility promotes the following:
- Controls the spread of communicable disease from infected individuals and minimize the transmission to student and staff. Licensed facilities are inspected and monitored by public health officials.
- Reduces economic hardship for parents/guardians that would require staying home from work with infected children when their child is excluded from school during a communicable disease outbreak.
- Reduces the risk of a life-threatening reaction for students with known allergies to certain food products.
Therefore, Kenosha Unified Schools will continue to encourage safe food practices in our school settings in order to maintain a healthy student and staff population. These safe and health practices promote school attendance, yield a safer school environment and support the District’s educational goals.