PB&J still OK at Portland elementary school

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PB&J is still OK at a Portland elementary school.

PORTLAND — The school board voted Monday to continue serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at one campus of Beverly Cleary school, despite the concerns of a parent of a child allergic to peanuts.

The Oregonian reported the vote was 5-2.

Superintendent Carole Smith said experts say designating a school peanut-free could lull students into a false sense of security, and the better course is to help teach children to handle their allergies.

The school has kindergartners and first-graders who eat in the classroom because of overcrowding. School officials say allergic students sit apart from students eating peanut butter, and students are asked to wash their hands before and after to keep residue out of classrooms.