Living With Food Allergies

Keeping Students with Food Allergies Safe at School

Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, has many free resources for parents, schools, teachers and staff to use to prepare for the upcoming school year and keep students with food allergies safe.

Food Allergy Tips for Schools
Tips and Articles
School Guides and Handouts
Free Downloads and Other Resources

 
Webinar Videos
Videos and Webinar Archives
School Guidelines and Laws
Guidelines, Laws and Recommendations
for School Policies and Staff Training


Tips and Articles

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors: Everything You Need to Know
Learn about the four options available in the U.S., and things you should know before you get your prescription filled for school (including discounts).

504 Plans, IHCPs, ECPs: Food Allergy School Health Care Plans
What are 504 plans, IHCPs and ECPs? What are the laws that address the needs of students with food allergy in schools?

Getting Your Child Off to a New School Safely (Blog)
Advance planning and a positive relationship are the keys to success in sending your child off to a new school. Find out how you can plan and what you can do to give the school to set your child up for a successful school year.

Bullying of Children with Food Allergies - How You Can Help (Blog)
Together we need to advocate to prevent, and swiftly deal with bullying of our children. Find out ways you can be proactive in dealing with bullying.

Free Downloads and Other Resource Guides

Potential Food Allergens in School Crafts and Activities 
Unexpected places you can encounter common food allergens, along with alternatives and precautions that can be used.

What's the Big Deal about Food Allergies?
New handout that you can print and distribute to answer common questions about food allergies for people who do not live with food allergies.

AllergyHome.org School Training Modules (Leave the KFA website)
AllergyHome.org offers online staff training to assist school nurses or their designees in school-wide food allergy education. Interactive online video modules and written materials are available.

Food Allergy Management Education Toolkit for Schools (Leave the KFA website)
St. Louis Children's hospital, in collaboration with allergy experts from around the nation, created a free manual for schools to help schools create and adopt food allergy policies consistent with the CDC voluntary guidelines for managing food allergies in schools.

Videos (Webinar Archives)

Preparing for School with Food Allergies and Asthma (July 2014)
David Stukus, MD, Director of the Specialty Asthma Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, of AllergyHome.org, answer common questions about preparing to send your child to school and how your allergist can help with back to school planning.

504 Plans and IHCPs (January 2014)
Laurel Francouer, JD, presented the different options available for school health plans for students with food allergies, reviewed federal laws and definitions, and explained students' rights. A second webinar for Section 504 Plans Q & A  was held in August 2014.

Food Allergy in School Part 1: Overview (July 2012)
Dr. Michael Pistiner provides practical tips for managing food allergies in school settings.

Food Allergy in School Part 2: Ask the Experts (August 2012)
A panel of six experts (allergists and school nurses) from around the U.S. answered questions submitted by attendees. Topics covered included school staff training, where epinephrine should be located, cafeteria concerns, partnering with your school and more.

Nutrition and Food Safety for Allergic Students (August 2013)
School nutrition expert, author and speaker Dayle Hayes, MS, RD and KFA Nutrition Advisor Debra Indorato, RDN, discuss school meal regulations for students with food allergies; current thinking about food allergies in schools; the importance of establishing relationships with school food service directors, and more.

Partnering with Your School Nurse (July 2013)
Dr. Michael Pistiner of AllergyHome.org, and Sally Schoessler of the National Association of School Nurses, provide tips on how to work with your school nurse to set up a plan to keep your food-allergic child safe at school.


Guidelines, Laws and Recommendations for Schools

bts CDC Guidelines for Schools and Early Education Centers
The CDC created guidelines for schools and early childhood education programs to help them manage the risk of food allergies and severe allergic reactions in children.

State Honor Roll from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) (Leave the KFA website)
This is an annual report by AAFA to help identify states with the most comprehensive public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in grade schools. Find out how your state ranks.

Stocking Epinephrine in Schools (Video from May 2013)
Find out why it is important that schools keep an undesignated supply of epinephrine to treat allergic emergencies that occur on school campus.

Sample Section 504 Plans
A Section 504 Plan provides guidelines for changes in the classroom and other locations to provide a safe education.  See four examples of existing Section 504 plans for students with food allergies.

504 Plans and IHCPs (January 2014)
Laurel Francoeur, JD, presented the different options available for school health plans for students with food allergies, reviewed federal laws and definitions, and explained students' rights. A second webinar for Section 504 Plans Q & A  was held in August 2014.