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Province of British Columbia - Policy Re Allergic Children in Schools
I was quite surprised, after navigating through different British Columbia government websites when I finally found British Columbia's policy re allergic children in the schools.
To-date, I have seen policies from throughout Ontario, checked the province of Alberta's and researched the province of Prince Edward Island's. They all had pretty comprehensive policies that dealt directly with anaphylaxis in the schools based on the Anaphylaxis Handbook.
However, I can't find that with the British Columbia Ministry of Education.
Here's the link:-
And, here's what is says if you go to that link:-
Parents should inform the school of known allergies, and all appropriate
school personnel should be informed.
If the condition is known or suspected, meet with the parents and
the child early in the year to determine the child's individual
Be familiar with the specific substances to which the child is
allergic. With the parents and the child, plan a program which
avoids contact with known allergens and irritants as much as
Enlist support of the school nurse for staff training in how to deal
Help the child lead as normal a life as possible. Encourage
participation in regular classroom activities or ensure exemption if
in the child's best interests.
Make any necessary adjustments for participation in outdoor
activities, or classes in art, chemistry or woodworking for any
apparent or any potential reaction to environmental factors or
materials the student may have to use.
Explain to the class what any allergy is and how it is treated; support and understanding from
peers will help overcome feelings of isolation, rejection or embarrassment.
Encourage the child with food allergies to avoid swapping lunches.
Some children with allergies are particularly sensitive to light. Tinted glasses or sitting away
from direct light may help.
Seat the child in a well-ventilated area.
Remind the child to take prescribed medication, if so requested by parent.
Keep furred and feathered pets out of the classroom. Establish them in a separate room, e.g.
science room, so an allergic child can avoid contact.
Understand potential dangers of allergies and know what to expect during an allergic reaction.
Have an emergency plan for allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Now, to me, this would still mean that an PA child had the *right* to a "peanut free" classroom in the province of British Columbia. It's just that the Ministry of Education hasn't provided reference at all to anaphylaxis (except for the last word of the document) and a well written plan re anaphylaxis in the schools.
I guess though, it's still better than nothing, which I believe is what our American friends face on a daily basis. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited February 08, 2003).]