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Food Allergy School Discussion Guide
Food Allergy Discussion Guide: Topics to Discuss with School Personnel Regarding Your Child's Food Allergies
This guide is not meant to be exhaustive, but only illustrative of the kinds of topics that should be discussed with school personnel. Always consult your own doctor for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Reviewing the Basics
*If your school does not have a specific "Food Allergy Action Plan," you can download one from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (requires Adobe Reader ).
Minimizing the Risk of Allergen Exposure
—In the classroom:
—In the lunchroom:
—In enrichment classes (music, PE, art)
—During before- and after- school activities
—On the bus
—On the playground
—During special situations:
Responding to a Food Allergy Medical Emergency
—Annual training and education for staff on how to:
—Where will the epinephrine auto-injector be kept? Who will have access?
—What is the emergency protocol? (e.g., who will administer the epinephrine?, who will call the rescue squad?)
—Does the emergency protocol need to be adapted to different scenarios? (e.g., what if the allergic reaction occurs on the playground? on a field trip? on the school bus?)
Food Allergy School Discussion Guide:
Author Maria Laura Acebal is Founder & Director of "safe@school partners" (www.foodallergysmart.org), a nonprofit dedicated to training schools and camps on food allergy safety. Reprinted with permission.
Updated August 2008.
Approved by KFA Medical Advisory Team August 2007.