Helping a student with Severe Food Allergies access a general education is a cooperative effort between the school, parents, and student. The following lists provide suggestions to help a student with Severe Food Allergies access a general education.

School responsibilities and accommodations:

  • Establish a good working relationship with the parent/guardian
  • Establish a health assistance plan
    * Provide parent and emergency contact information
    * Provide situation for parent notification (emergency)
    * Provide doctor's diagnosis of the impairment
    * Provide doctor’s orders
    * Establish a food allergy action plan and practice the plan
    * Provide parent suggestions for accommodations that have been successful in the past
    * Establish procedures for when student is involved with a school activity but not during the routine school day (i.e. on the bus, field trips, extra curricular activities)
  • Train school personnel in how to handle emergency situations that may arise with reactions to food allergies
  • Have back-up people trained in how to handle emergency situations
  • Make sure all medications are stored properly and the medication kept accessible in a central location
  • Review current plan with trained school personnel, parents, student (age appropriate) and possible physician after a reaction has occurred

Parent involvement and responsibilities:

  • Communicate regularly with school personnel and develop a good relationship with them
  • Notify the school of the student’s allergies
  • Work with the school to develop a health assistance plan
  • Provide the school with the doctor’s orders, provide written documentation, instructions, and medications to school
  • Replace medications after use or upon expiration
  • Provide emergency phone numbers of parent/guardian and other responsible individuals so the school can contact these individuals about allergy-related questions and/or during emergencies. If an emergency arises and none of these people can be contacted the school will contact trained medical people and have the student transported to a medical facility to receive medical treatment, at the expense of the parent
  • Educate the student in self-management of their food allergy:
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    • Safe and unsafe foods
    • Strategies for avoiding exposure to unsafe foods
    • 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)

 

Student self management strategies and responsibilities:

  • Do not trade food with others
  • Do not eat anything with unknown ingredients or known to contain any allergen
  • Be proactive in care and management of their food allergies and reactions (age appropriate)
  • Notify an adult immediately if they eat something they believe may contain the food to which they are allergic

***These are not complete lists of suggestions or accommodations, but are ideas used by parents, teachers, and students to help a student access a general education.