Severe Allergy Management
Students who have a severe allergy, where a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis can develop, should have prescribed epinephrine at school. Prescribed epinephrine is kept in the classroom as well as in the Health Office. In some cases epinephrine may be kept with the student.
An Emergency Health Care Plan should be filled out prior to the school year and reviewed with the school nurse. The Parent/Guardian Medical Authorization Form to administer prescribed medications during a severe allergic reaction must be on file at school. All of these forms are available at this site on the School Health Forms page.
In the case of food allergies, a meeting with the parents and school nurse may be necessary to review classroom management that will create a safe and inclusive environment for the student.
In the elementary schools we reduce the risk of exposure by setting the expectation that the classroom environment of students who have these allergies will be peanut and tree nut free.To maintain this peanut and tree nut free environment we ask that parents:
- Check all labels of their child's snacks and any store bought foods that they send in to be shared with the class. No foods labeled with peanut or nut ingredients or that have a disclaimer on the label should be sent to school.
- Homemade foods are allowed for an individual child's snack as long as it includes a note stating that it is peanut and tree nut free.
- During special curriculum activities no home baked goods will be allowed for sharing with the class. All store bought foods for curriculum activites should be sent in their original container with the ingredients listed. Dunkin Donuts and bakery products are not allowed.
Before the first day of school parents receive a letter if their child has classmates who have a severe peanut/tree nut allergy. In the letter the parents are informed of the above stated measures to maintain a peanut and tree nut environment and a list of peanut and tree nut free snack suggestions is included.
The teacher supervises the food in the classroom and consults as needed with the school nurse or parents of the student with the food allergy.
In the Cafeteria students are allowed peanut and tree nut products for lunch as long as they sit at one of the many designated peanut / tree nut tables. This is supervised by the Aides in the cafeteria.