Peanut or other food allergies
Peanut or Other Food Allergies
The School recognizes that food allergies, in some instances, may be severe and even life-threatening. The School has adopted this policy to create a framework for accommodating students with peanut and other food allergies and to reduce the likelihood of severe allergic reactions of students with known food allergies while at School. This food allergy policy shall be developed based on input from a committee made up of community members such as parents, school nurses, and other school employees, school volunteers, students, and community members.
- Parents of students, or students age eighteen (18) or older, with food allergies must provide written notification to the Principal of such allergies at the beginning of each School year.
- Parents of students with life threatening food allergies must provide the School with emergency medications, execute an Emergency Medical Authorization Form, found in Appendix 406-B, and cooperate with the School to formulate a Food Allergy Action Plan as described below.
- Parents are responsible for educating their child on managing his/her food allergy at School, including, but not limited to, identifying “safe foods,” by reviewing the weekly lunch menu together, and discussing the vigilance required to self-monitor food products sold at athletic events or special student sales, foods brought for potlucks or classroom celebrations, or foods served on School-sponsored trips.
- The School must cooperate in the development of a Food Allergy Action Plan for students with life threatening allergies. The Food Allergy Action Plan must address what actions will be taken to avoid exposure at School and what actions will be taken in the event of exposure. The Plan shall be developed through consultation between the School nurse (if any) (or other School staff or person if none), the student’s parents, and the student’s physician or allergist. Once created, this Plan should be reviewed and updated annually by the School, the student’s parents, and the student’s physician or allergist.
- The School will share the Food Allergy Action Plan developed with appropriate School staff.
- With the consent of the student’s parents, a Food Allergy Action Plan may provide a mechanism for the School to notify the student’s classmates and/or a student’s classmates’ parents of a life threatening food allergy in the classroom.
The School has formed a committee made up of teachers, administration, the school nurse, and parents to go over and help develop this policy. This committee is on-going. The School may also provide training, workshops, or courses on this policy to school employees and volunteers who have direct contract with students.
See Appendix 413-A Food Allergy Notification Form. See also Policy 403 Use of Inhaler/Epinephrine Autoinjector; Policy 406 Emergency Medical Authorization; Policy 453 Wellness Policy.
Adopted: November 22, 2016__