Back to School with Food Allergies, Part I: The Forms You Need

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During August, I will be doing a back to school post series to help you and your school-age children with food allergies prepare for going back to school.  Today, I want to focus on the dreaded forms.

The forms…there are a lot of them and they are a royal pain, but they SAVE lives.  Please take the time to find and fill out each of the below forms, have your doctor/allergist initial and sign them, and then provide to your child’s school the first day of school.

1.  Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication Form:  This form allows the school to administer your child’s medications, so you will need to fill out a separate form for each medication your child will be keeping at school.  The form specifies what medications your child needs, what dosages, under what condition the drug is to be given, and any other special instructions.  To find this form, check on your local independent school district’s website and or contact the school nurse.  (NOTE:  This form most often must be completed by a parent/guardian AND a physician.  Please plan accordingly.)  Once the forms have been signed, keep the originals for yourself and make copies for the school nurse.

2.  Student Emergency Plan Form:  This form is much like that of a food allergy action plan, but I prefer to have them both in my arsenal of forms just to be on the safe side.  The form requires that you list what allergic symptoms your child could exhibit and the proper action to take for each.  To find this form, check on your local independent school district’s website and or contact the school nurse.  For this particular form, keep a copy for yourself and then deliver a copy to the school nurse and two copies to your child’s teacher (one is for their substitute binder).

3.  Student Emergency Plan for Food Allergies Form:  This form alerts the staff of your family’s contact information, physician information, daily allergy management plan, emergency action steps, medications that should be administered and when.  To find this form, check on your local independent school district’s website and or contact the school nurse.  (NOTE:  This form most often must be completed by a parent/guardian AND a physician.  Please plan accordingly.)  Once the forms have been signed, keep the original for yourself and make a copy for the school nurse and two copies for your child’s teacher (one is for their substitute binder).  *If your child has asthma, make sure you also fill out the Student Emergency Plan for Asthma form.

4.  Food Allergy Action Plan Form:  This is a fantastic form put together by the folks at Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.  It is a two page document that warns of your child’s severe and mild allergy symptoms, medications and doses, monitoring procedure, and step-by-step picture instructions along with emergency contact information.  Be sure to print out a copy of this form for yourself today.  (NOTE:  This form most often must be completed by a parent/guardian AND a physician.  Please plan accordingly.)  Once the forms have been signed, keep the original for yourself and make a copy for the school nurse and two copies for your child’s teacher (one is for their substitute binder).

It is important to do these forms in advance so they can be completed with the most up to date and appropriate information and have all the proper signatures.  Do the forms now while you still have a few relaxing days of summer left and you will beat the rush when school starts up again!

Stay tuned for more back to school tips and, if you haven’t already, be sure to visit Sugarcrafter’s guest post on some great lunchbox meal ideas for your kiddos. 

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