We want to ensure that your child receives the best care possible while at school. We take allergies, food safety, and student health very seriously. We cannot guarantee a nut, milk or “allergen-free” environment, but we do have an “allergen aware” policy. Your child is less likely to be exposed to allergens at school when we work together to create a management plan for your child.
Allergy Aware Policy
Unfortunately, your school cannot guarantee a nut, milk or “allergen-free” environment. The risk of exposure is always present. Instead, we have an “allergy aware” policy, which empowers everyone. Children with allergies become aware of what they can and cannot eat, and school staff are alert and careful about each student’s allergies.
How You Can Help
Submit Allergy Forms
Ask your child’s provider to complete the Allergy Medication Administration Form (MAF), Allergy Response Plan, and Medical Review of Student with Severe Allergies, if applicable. Once you fill out an Allergy Medication Administration Form, and it is reviewed, your child will be able to take prescribed medicine at school. If needed, trained staff or the school nurse will help your child take medicine.
While we accept forms on a rolling basis, we recommend submitting it to your school by July 13, 2018. That way your child does not experience a break in access to their medication.
Bring Medicine to School
Once you've submitted the Allergy Medication Administration Form, be sure to bring your child’s prescribed allergy medicine to school. Medicine must be:
- and in its original container.
Work with Your School Nurse
- Meet with the school nurse as early as possible to develop your child’s Allergy Response Plan and decide what foods your child can eat from the cafeteria.
- Give the school nurse a list of foods or ingredients that your child needs to avoid.
- Let your school nurse know if your child also has asthma. Allergic reactions may be worse in children who have both allergies and asthma.
- Make sure your emergency contact information is up to date.
Teach Your Child
- About their allergy so they know which foods to avoid.
- Not to trade food with other students. Your child also should not eat anything offered at school without knowing what is in it.
- How to use an epi-pen by him/herself—if it’s age appropriate for them to do so. Remind them to carry the epi-pen at all times.
Allergy Response Plan
Your school nurse will work with you and your child’s health care provider to create an allergy response plan for your child. In the case of a severe allergic reaction, your child will immediately be given his/her prescribed medicine by trained school staff or a nurse. If your child has severe allergies, be sure to have your health care provider complete the Medical Review for Severe Allergies. School staff will call 911, and contact you and your child’s health care provider.
Have your health care provider complete an Allergy Response Plan and the Medical Review for Severe Allergies.
Attentive and Prepared School Staff
Your nurse will train school staff members to enact your child’s allergy response plan in an emergency.
- They will know your child’s warning signs for an allergic emergency, and will be able to give your child the epi-pen if the school nurse is unavailable.
- Your school will ensure that students with food allergies are included in all school activities.
- Your school will consider allergy prevention strategies, such as:
- allergy aware seating during meals and snacks in the cafeteria and classroom
- food-free zones
- avoiding the use of allergens in class projects, celebrations and snacks.
Find out more at our health services and asthma pages.