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Allergies

 

Allergens

It is the district's priority to ensure the safety of all students, however, schools are not able to guarantee an environment completely free of allergens.

Maintaining a safe environment depends on increased awareness and attention to the factors that could trigger life-threatening emergencies for students with severe allergies, and we ask all who use our facilities and buses to be aware of allergens and the risk they pose to students with severe allergies.

If your child has an allergy, contact the school nurse prior to the start of the school year to complete the appropriate paperwork. The steps below will acquaint and assist you with the allergy management process.

 

 

Steps to take if your child has a severe allergy

1 Notify the school nurse of your child's allergy and complete the Student Allergy Information form and submit it to the school nurse. The school nurse will periodically review the form, but parents can update and re-submit this form as needed.

2 Each year, prior to the first day of school, provide the following items to the school nurse as needed:

3 If a special diet is requested, complete the Special Diet Statement signed by the parent/guardian and physician and meet with the Food and Nutrition Services Manager in your child's school to discuss your child's special dietary needs. Review appropriate menu item selections with your child. FAQs about food allergies, intolerances and other preferences.

4 The school nurse shares information about your child's severe allergy on a need-to-know basis with additional school staff such as teachers, clerical staff, bus drivers and other support personnel. It is, however, very helpful for you to also make contact with your child's teachers at the start of each school year to inform them of your child's severe allergy and to answer any specific questions and address any concerns they may have.

5 Contact the coordinators of your child's before- and after-school, non-school-sponsored activities such as School-Age Care (SAC), Camp Invention, etc. These activities may take place when the school nurse is not available.

Provide ongoing, age-appropriate teaching to your child regarding his/her allergy:

  • Name the allergy or allergens;
  • Teach your child how to read and recognize the potential allergens on food labels;
  • Teach your child the steps to avoid coming into contact with the allergen(s) to which he/ she is allergic;
  • Practice with your child how to tell an adult if he/she has had contact with the allergen;
  • Practice with your child how to tell an adult if he/she has any symptoms, and
  • Teach your child how to self administer prescribed Epinephrine (only with physician’s authorization).

Press, Click and Hold: How to use an Epi-Pen

Anaphylaxis is a serious and potentially life threatening allergic reaction that is rapid in onset. DO NOT HESITATE to give Epinephrine.





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