Sheldon, IA: Food banned on school buses; "number of food allergies certainly on the rise"

Aug 24, 2017, (Sheldon, IA) KIWA Radio: Food Allergies Becoming A Concern In School, Buses Food allergies among students are becoming more of a concern for area school districts. One area school district has just enacted a policy banning food from school buses due to food allergies. Of the public school districts that responded to an impromptu survey initiated by KIWA, three out of ten schools that responded have policies that prohibit food on district buses. Sibley-Ocheyedan School Superintended Bill Boer sent the notice that they have just banned food on buses. The Sioux Center Community School District has a policy of no eating or drinking on school buses, and that policy has been in effect for a couple of years. At West Lyon, elementary principal Tim Snyder tells us they do have a similar rule in effect, but it doesn’t affect all buses at all times. But Snyder does say that the number of food allergies among their students is certainly on the rise. He says that this year they have about 30 more students who have food allergies or sensitivities. … According to the website,, there are up to 15-million Americans who have food allergies, including 5.9-million children under age 18. That’s 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. That site says about 30-percent of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one food.