Food Allergy Guidelines

ISKL recognizes that there are people with life-threatening food allergies and makes accommodations to ensure their safety and well-being. One of the most common causes of severe allergies is peanuts/nuts. There are several students enrolled at ISKL on both campuses who are severely allergic to nuts. The allergy can be triggered by eating nuts, eating food that have been in contact with nuts and/or nut oils and sometimes even by touching nuts or items contaminated by nuts (i.e. door knobs, handrails, library books). The most severe form of an allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis and can result in death.

Because of the serious nature of severe allergies, ISKL has taken steps to help ensure student safety while at school. Students at ISKL who have been identified with severe allergies are allowed to carry medication with them they can inject themselves. They also provide the school nurses’ offices with emergency medication. However, this medication is very short-acting the student must still be taken emergently to the hospital for full treatment.

While no area can be guaranteed completely free of any nut contamination both campuses have made efforts to ensure that the environment is safe for students. While both campus canteen operators use no nut products or nut oils there are differences in other precautions due to nature of the classrooms and age levels of the students. Please read the campus-specific guidelines below. Ensuring the safety and good health of our children at ISKL is important to all of us. Therefore, we ask your help and support.

At Melawati Campus

Before School
If your child eats food cooked in peanut oil or eats nuts, peanut butter, Nutella or other nut spreads, please ensure your child has thoroughly washed hands and brushed teeth before coming to school.

At School
If your child has a food allergy to peanuts or any other foods please ensure the classroom teacher and school nurse are aware of the allergy so that specific classroom and or grade level accommodations and precautions can be implemented

In the Canteen
If your child brings food to school containing nuts, peanut butter or other nut ingredients we ask that your child sits at one of the designated ‘Nuts Okay’ tables where our supervisors will ensure the students wash their hands before going to the playground. As the greatest potential for exposure comes from bags of peanuts, peanuts should not be brought to school. (Note: Our school canteen food is also nut free. It is also not cooked with oil derived from nuts).

In the Classroom
We have asked teachers to check with the nurse before providing food in the classroom. Parents can help by avoiding nuts when bringing treats for their child’s birthday or for other class activities. The contents of ingredients on packaged food should be clearly identified and checked for ingredients derived from nuts. Labels can be deceiving, such as casein (milk), livetin (egg) or hydrolyzed vegetable protein may contain peanuts. Remember to always check with the teachers and nurse as many children at ISKL have food intolerances or are allergic to various other food products such as eggs, dairy, seafood and wheat products.

Early Childhood Eating Areas
Nuts and nut products are not allowed in the early childhood eating areas.

At Ampang Campus

Before School
If your child eats food cooked in peanut oil or eats nuts, peanut butter, Nutella or other nut spreads, please ensure your child has thoroughly washed hands and brushed teeth before coming to school.

At School
If your child has a food allergy to peanuts or any other foods please ensure the school nurses and classroom teachers are aware of the allergy so that specific classroom and or grade level accommodations and precautions can be implemented.

In the Canteen
The Ampang campus canteen is nut-free. However, students may bring food from home containing nuts or nuts products. There are no nuts served and nut oils are not used by the canteen vendors. Pre-packaged products that may have nut residue such as granola bars or cookies are sold in the canteen.

In the Classroom and on Campus
Items sent for bake sales, high school grade lunches and classroom activities should be clearly labelled as containing nuts, seafood, egg and/or milk products.

Weekend/Evening Activities
The Ampang Campus is sometimes used for activities outside of school hours. Nuts may be served at these activities.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of our school nurses. We would be delighted to provide you with an information sheet about severe allergic reactions and how we can help.