If your child has an allergy, contact the school nurse prior to the start of the school year to complete the appropriate paperwork.
Steps to take if your child has a severe allergy
- Notify school nurse of your child’s allergy
- Each year, prior to the first day of school, provide the following items to the school nurse as needed:
- Epinephrine must have pharmacy label attached; please check expiration dates.
- Prior Consent to Release Private Data
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Anaphylaxis is a serious and potentially life threatening allergic reaction that is rapid in onset. DO NOT HESITATE to give Epinephrine.