Information to help in creating a school plan


This is for ideas only and is a compilation of many of the suggestions we received from parents etc. for information that you might want to consider for a school plan. It is something that parents (guardians etc.) can look at to see some of the ideas that others have come up with or suggest you might want to think about incorporating when putting together a school plan. Your comments, suggestions, additions to, etc. are encouraged. This is one way we can help to keep each other safe. Please post them on this thread to keep all the information together.

PeanutAllergy.Com is not endorsing or suggesting any of this information or suggesting this as a plan, it was put together so we could all get ideas from it and add to it etc. It may not be all-inclusive etc. of what needs to be addressed.

On Jul 31, 1999

Thanks for putting all of these ideas together in one place!

I have printed this out and will take it to our next support group meeting which is all about "getting ready for back to school". I am sure that many will benefit from these suggestions!

On Aug 3, 1999

Thank you so much for this information. I just left my son's school and we are going to be having a meeting to propose there ideas. I wanted to come in with my own. Thank you again Chris this whole site has been a Blessing.

On Aug 3, 1999

Thankfully the school that my older son attends was very supportive... they listened to all my concerns. And because they had never heard of such a severe reaction they above and beyond my requests. My younger son, also PA, will start kindergarten in sept. there. I am a little nervous but have no real fear that they wont continue to do as they always have. The school my kids go to follow eachand every one of those things on your list to the letter.. and they do some Connecticut there is a law that makes us have a meeting... which is great.. to set up an emergency care plan, and a set of every day guidlines. Even though there is a special "peanut free zone" in the cafeteria, they clean his table with a different, and disposable sponge and approved cleanser than the rest of the tables. I usually attend all the field trips.. and I am given a list of them at the begining of the year so I can plan accordingly. Most schools dont travel with a nurse so they couldn;t dispense medications.. yes including epi's and inhalers , when there is no parent. Scarey but true! The other really awsome thing they did was they had a training assembly and taught a handful of staff members and teachers how to use the epi. They have sheets that are brightly colored and in all the classrooms that my son could even possibly be in for the day. on these brightly colored sheets is a nice picture of him and an alert so substitutes and anyone who may not have known will be aware. on the sheet is also the names of all the staff that know how to administer the epi. Substitute gym teachers and outside staff are made aware that my son should be allowed in immediately if he feels the need to see the nurse. But the most valuable thing I have found yet, honestly, is educating our own kids about how serious their allergies are. My oldest son knows not to ever take anything from even an adult that knows him well if he doesnt feel that the food is safe. He knows when his body isnt right, when its serious and when its hayfever. He is 7 will be eight when school starts again. His last teacher said he, all by himself, was a great asset to his plan. we pulled off all last year without a serious incident. I can honestly say this is the first school.. and the first school year where I can say that. Thanks to all the school nurses and staff that work so hard to see that our kids are safe! Jenn

On Jun 1, 2000

Many contacted us and are looking for information such as is on this thread so I am posting to bring it up to the top as many in our community are still working on their computer skills and do not know how to search yet.

I have heard from many who are now realizing (sadly they had a close call or experienced reactions) they need to take peanut allergy much more seriously than they were, and because of their new found awareness of the seriousness, they want to address it better at their school.

As many know it is best to approach the school as far in advance as possible so you will both have time to work out the details of what needs to be done, waiting until the school year starts can lead to problems (and missed school as many have found out).

------------------ Stay Safe,


On Oct 16, 2001

I am posting to bring this thread higher for those looking for this type of information.

NOTE: You can change the option under the blue posting buttons from "show topics from the last year" to "show all topics" if you are looking for older threads. You can also do a search if you know some of the words in a thread or the username of the poster. The search feature is accessed just under the big blue buttons used to post also. Just click on the small text: "search".

We are receiving many calls and emails from those experience problems in their schools. Many contact us before their school year starts, some know to start many months or years in advance, some did not realize the problems they would face, some are starting to realize their plans need to be written, changed or practiced and discussed more.

If you are having a problem with your school,post about it. This may help you and many others going through similar situations.

Of course you can contact us here at PeanutAllergy.Com by phone, email fax etc.

Our contact information can be found off the PeanutAllergy.Com home page. [url="http://www.PeanutAllergy.Com"]www.PeanutAllergy.Com[/url]

Here is the address of our contact info page: [url=""][/url]

Stay Safe,


On Dec 5, 2001

Here are some links to threads on these PeanutAllergy.Com boards. Many school nurses, parents etc. contact us looking for this type of information. Plans etc.



School Plan for Ontario, Canada [url=""][/url]

Austin's 504 Plan [url=""][/url]

School emergency plan idea/laminated picture of a peanut with a "no" symbol one of the students is to take the peanut picture and run to the nurse's office with it/ back of this laminated peanut are all of the emergency numbers/ make small versions of this for each of the phones [url=""][/url]

Rhonda RS Member Posts: 104 Registered: Feb 2001 posted August 21, 2001 02:01 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Everyone, I think these three threads will help:

1. Answer to, What is Section 504: [url=""][/url]

2. Answer to, What does a Section 504 Plan look like: [url=""][/url]

3. 50+ Links to Articles relating to Food Allergy and Schools [url=""][/url]

Each public school district is suppose to have a Section 504 Coordinator. Call the number where the superintendent's office is and ask for the Section 504 Coordinator. Write a letter to the Section 504 Coordinator informing him/her of your child's food allergy(ies) and request protection for your child under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Stay Safe, Rhonda Our child's Section 504 plan [url=""][/url]

website for school re: use of EPIpen [url=""][/url]

Our 504 Rough Draft [url=""][/url]

Information to help in creating a school plan Chris posted a plan on page 4 [url=""][/url]

Peanut Allergy Management Plan Noreen posted [url=""][/url] [url=""][/url]

[url=""][/url] 504 Discussion see California Mom thread and the> Hi Everyone, Our daughter will start kindergarten in 2002. But I have been gathering 504 plans and information intensely for over 6 months. (I am a public school teacher, and I've been home with Katie since her birth). I too think it is important to see what others have done when creating a 504 Plan. But what I believe is equally and perhaps more important is that you truly understand what Section 504 is and its power. I cannot stress strongly enough, that documentation is everything in the school realm. If we want special accommodations for our children, then these accommodations must be stated in the 504 Plan. And if they are not in the 504 Plan, then it is my impression that school personnel are not obligated by law to do anything above and beyond what is specified in the 504 Plan. What I believe is vital, is that you understand EXACTLY what your rights and your child's rights are under Section 504. And your school district needs to know that you are going to do your research and hold them accountable with Section 504 legal documentation. I have read a tremendous amount of material on Section 504. I have called all my special education teacher friends, special administrator friends, the state department of education in CT, our district and various others.

And the very best resource that I found is called "Section 504 - How You Can Use it To Get Your Child What They Need (including students on IDEA IEPs)" by Reed Martin, J.D. This manual is 75 pages long with cases cited, examples and strategies, and places to write for information that hold the school accountable. The language is not difficult, and it is just filled with incredibly useful information. Reed's web address is [url=""][/url] Also, the e-mail address is [email][/email]. The only setback, is that it was $35.95. However, it was the BEST $35.95 I have ever spent. Rhonda

FAN's "The School Food Allergy Program" [url=""][/url]

------------------ Stay Safe,


On Jan 28, 2003

Re-raising for Jodi2boys

On Feb 6, 2003

Re-raising for Synthia!

On Mar 23, 2003

re-raising good info. Love this site synthia

On Apr 11, 2003

After researching this thread as well as others on this board, contact with nurses from various agencies and reviewing the Mass Dept of Education info we created the following outline as a starting place for the 504 we are working on.

This goes along with another thread currently running. This is pretty long but I thought I'd share for others like us going through this process: Parental recommendations for 504 outline:

Many items contain or may contain peanuts, peanut shells or peanut oils. Some of these items include hand lotions, soaps, bean bag chairs, birdseed, dog biscuits and non-peanut containing food products such as: plain M&M

On May 12, 2003

Re-raising for momma2boys

On Jun 23, 2004

raising Love this site Synthia

On Jul 2, 2004

Raising for Penny

On Jul 27, 2004

Wow! I am sorry I didn't see this thread before posting my "I need a checklist" post! Here is my checklist! Thanks!

On Jan 4, 2006


On Jan 4, 2006

Just wanted to post my web page. I've got a link to a lot of good articles on it regarding food allergy from 2004. Helped me a lot when getting ready for first grade last year.



On Jan 5, 2006

Excellent- Chris Somehow you should get a link to this thread on your homepage. Very helpful. Bridget

On May 8, 2006

raising yet again...such great info for 504

On Oct 14, 2006

Raising for members looking for this information.

On Mar 9, 2007

I would also like to re-raise this thread...thanks!!