Portland school board will not ban peanuts

Peanut butter substitutes would cost Portland Public Schools up to $63,000, according to the schools' director.

PORTLAND, Ore.—Prepackaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will stay on the menu at Portland’s Beverly Cleary school, despite a push to make the school peanut-free.

The ban was requested by the parent of a child with a life-threatening peanut allergy. The school doesn’t have a cafeteria, so students eat in their classrooms.

The school board struck down the request, noting that there are up to 160 documented food allergens and it would not be feasible to ban them all from school meal programs.