How does the lunch/breakfast program work?
The Chesnut Cafeteria serves both breakfast and lunch each school day.
Breakfast is served from 7:05 to 7:35 each morning. Students who choose to purchase breakfast must be finished eating such that they can be in their classrooms for the start of the day at 7:45. Pre-K is the only grade that eats breakfast together as a class during school hours (the children all sit together, but only some choose to eat).
All students, in their respective grade levels, will eat lunch together, regardless if they buy lunch or bring lunch from home. Those children who bring their lunch may purchase milk through the cafeteria.
For details about setting up a lunch account and to see what is included in the price of school lunch, visit our Meals & Menus page.
For monthly menus, visit the DeKalb County School Nutrition website.
How do I pay for lunches?
Students can pay for lunches by the day, or they may pre-pay their lunch account. The cafeteria accepts cash or checks made out to Chesnut Cafeteria. The Chesnut Cafeteria will send home a notice when the account is negative. You may also pay online by setting up an account for your child at on the County website (you will need your child’s student number).
Each student is given an account number (student number) at the start of school. The front office staff has this information.
Can students buy ice cream? How does that work?
Yes, students can buy ice cream on designated days. Ice cream costs 50¢.
How can parents celebrate their child’s birthday at Chesnut?
Birthday celebrations are held in the cafeteria only. We encourage parents to celebrate with their child and help pass out a healthy treat if they choose to provide it. Please bring enough to share with the whole class. Please contact the school nurse or room parent to make sure you avoid allergens in your child’s class (which may include nuts, gluten, eggs, dairy, etc.).
Can I bring food from home for the class?
Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables may be cut-up and brought from home, but all prepared/baked goods must be store-bought, displaying the label. Please contact the school nurse or room parent to make sure you avoid allergens in your child’s class (which may include nuts, gluten, eggs, dairy, etc.).
What is Chesnut’s nut and food allergy policy?
Nuts (i.e., peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc.) and Food Allergy Policy:
- Please consult ahead of time with the school nurse or room parent to find out if there are any allergies in your child’s class
- IN LUNCHES to be eaten in the cafeteria: Peanut butter sandwiches are acceptable AS LONG AS no one in your child’s class has a nut allergy, but not loose-nut snacks such as trail mix, granola with nuts, etc. Be sure to emphasize to your child that no food should be shared with other students. (Teachers/ monitors will make every effort to keep students with nut allergies away from nut products; however, avoiding nut products in your child’s lunch is the best practice).
- IN CLASS PERSONAL SNACKS to be eaten in classroom: No nut snacks or products of any kind. This includes peanut butter, PB snack crackers, trail mix, etc. This is especially important in lower grades that eat a snack each day in their room. From time to time young children are not sure which snack is theirs; therefore, avoidance of these products is the best.
Nut-Free Healthy Snack Ideas: Dried fruit, Hummus, Avocado/Guacamole; Olives, Hummus, Salsa/Corn Chips.
Please see the following excerpt from an interview change link to with Michael C. Young, M.D., trained in allergy and clinical immunology, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, practicing at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Can someone allergic to eating peanuts also have a reaction by touching or smelling peanuts?
A study from Mt. Sinai Medical Center in 2003 specifically examined those questions. Thirty children with severe peanut allergies were exposed to both skin contact and the smell of peanut butter. The study reached the following conclusions:
- A rash may occur where the skin is touched by peanut butter but a dangerous reaction will not result unless the peanut butter enters the mouth, nose, or eyes.
- The rash will get better when washed with soap and water, and when Benadryl is given.
- Just smelling peanut butter will not cause an allergic reaction because there is no peanut protein in an odor.