Allergy Policy

School Responsibilities

Administration

  • System of student identification for those students with life-threatening allergies (sheets with name, room number, photo, specific allergen, treatment).
  • Provision of a system of training and review at the beginning of each school year to aid staff (teachers, support staff, substitute teachers) in dealing with students who have life-threatening allergies.

  • Inclusion of Allergy response in the School Emergency Plan.

  • Publication of strict ‘no food-sharing’ policy throughout the school.
    We are a Peanut/Nut/Shellfish Safe & Allergy Aware’ School!
  • Contact appropriate authorities to insure that bus drivers have appropriate training and are able to respond to a reaction situation.
  • Provide ‘Peanut/Tree Nut/Shellfish Allergy Alert’ signs to be posted outside of classes where students have those allergies.

Staff Members

  • Review proper treatment and potentially severe nature of reactions prior to each school year.  Adult supervision is mandatory, even when students are self-administering.
  • All staff needs to be made aware of students needing epinephrine treatment (i.e., ID sheets with name, photo, specific allergen, treatment)
  • Use of food in crafts and cooking activities may need to be restricted, depending on allergies of the students.
  • Epinephrine will be kept in the cabinet in the infirmary and should be known to all staff members.  All affected children must carry their EpiPen with them in their fanny-type pack.

 

Home

  • Do not ever assume that the school is ‘peanut/nut free’.
  • Parents must inform the school of their child’s specific allergy by filling out and signing the “Student Medication Administration Approval Form.”  (RVSO SS 20/03 d/s)
  • Parents must discuss the medical condition with their child’s teacher.
  • Secure ‘Medic-Alert’ bracelet for child with life-threatening allergy.
  • Provide an EpiPen for storage at the school and one that the child can carry in a fanny-type pack.
  • Provide the school with properly labelled medications and replacement medications after use or upon expiration.

Educate the child on the following:

  • Safe and unsafe foods.
  • Strategies of allergic reactions.
  • Symptoms of allergic reactions.
  • How and when to tell an adult they may be having an allergy-related problem.
  • How to read food labels (age appropriate).
  • How to self-administer an auto-injector device (age appropriate).
  • Location of student’s medication.

Student

  • All food-allergy students should have their own EpiPen, labelled with their name and kept in an accessible location.  In addition, students should carry their own EpiPen, labelled with student’s name and expiry date.  These students should also wear a Medic-Alert bracelet that identifies their allergy.  Older student (age 7-8) should be familiar with how to self-inject their EpiPen, however, adults should always be on hand when a student self-administers.

Student responsibilities include:

  • No trading of food, food utensils or food containers.
  • All food-allergic children should only eat lunches/snacks that have been prepared at home.
  • Hand washing is encouraged before/after eating.
  • Contact an adult immediately if they eat something that they believe may contain the food to which they are allergic.

Lunch Program

  • Surfaces such as tables should be washed clean of contaminating food on a daily basis.
  • Staff also must receive training on the us of auto-injectors.
  • Create a supervised ‘nut-free/allergy’ table.

All Parents

  • Respond cooperatively to requests from schools to eliminate specific foods from lunches and snacks.
  • Encourage children to respect school policies and other children with allergies.
  • Inform teacher prior to distribution of any food within the school.

All Students

  • Avoid sharing food.
  • Follow school rules about keeping specific foods out of the school and washing hands.
  • Do not tease or bully students with allergies.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN

Students with Severe Allergy

  • Administer epinephrine.
  • Contact an ambulance or drive the child to the hospital.
  • If possible, include a familiar and trusted adult to accompany the child.
  • Contact the student’s parents to debrief.  (Also to resupply epinephrine used in the incident).
  • Fill out the ‘Student Medication Record of Administration’.  (RVSD SB 21/00)
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