Allergy Awareness

Food allergies present an increasing challenge for schools. Identification of students at risk of a life-threatening reaction cannot be predicted. Because of the life-threatening nature of these allergies and their increasing prevalence, schools must be prepared to provide treatment to food-allergic students, reduce the risk of a food-allergic reaction, and to accommodate students with food allergies.

School is a potentially high-risk setting for accidental exposure to a food allergen. School district procedures must be in place to address allergy issues during a variety of activities such as classroom projects, crafts, field trips, and before-/after-school activities. Such activities can take place in classrooms, food service/cafeteria locations, outdoor activity areas, buses, and other instructional areas.

Elmhurst School District #205 has developed a Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Procedures (FAAMP) as a guideline for schools to follow. The purpose of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Procedure (FAAMP) is to address the needs of children with food allergies within the school setting.

In an effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students, please refer to the Administrative Food Guidelines. Parents can use this information to help all students with avoiding exposure to food allergies. A food allergy is a very serious concern for all. Exposure to an allergen can cause reactions varying from itching or swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips, to life-threatening shortness of breath and a drop in blood pressure.

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