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Hi, I need some advice about high school. When your child got to high school did you take a step back and let them deal with their allergy or did you go in and talk to the teachers and administration? I have always met with the school nurse and then handed out a letter telling them about her allergy and which foods she should avoid and what to do should she have a reaction. I also gave them a hand out with instructions on how to use the epi-pen. Now that she will be in high school, every trimester she will have a set of new teachers and new classes, so I'm not sure what to do. I would like some advice from those of you who have been through this and what you did when your child reached high school age.

On Jul 22, 2005

Hi, my son is 20 and in college now. We always sent him to small private schools more for the education but safety was there too.

When was to start High School I went to the director and gave her my usual handout about his PA. I offered to meet with the teachers and staff at one of their meetings and she told me they never meet as a group.

So I made a packet and the director handed one to each of the teachers in the school. I never met with the teachers.

When I say small I mean really really small, less than 10 teachers.

I "assumed" they all read the information because there was talk about his allergies after that. Individual teachers would approach him.

He had an airborne reaction at school in his Jr. year. The teacher had handed out Reeses to the class before his on Halloween. When he came into an empty classroom he felt his throat tighten and thought asthma. He took out his puffer, the teacher saw the puffer and told DS about the Reeses so DS left the classroom, used his epi and Benadryl. (That was a bit of an over reaction but it was his first airborne reaction and we did not know how far it would go)

So DS really handled his allergy himself all through high school. I made sure the information got to the teachers and to any new teacher but DS handled it all himself.

It was tough letting go. I remember sobbing after I dropped him off for his first day. Feels silly now but not then.

We took a big part in getting his college ready for his allergy as well, you can search that in Adults section or ask me anytime. Use my email if you want.


[This message has been edited by Peg541 (edited July 22, 2005).]

On Jul 22, 2005

And BTW, my packet was just a few pages and a link to FAAN. I tried to not overwhelm them with papers. Peg

On Jul 22, 2005

Thanks, Peg. I think I will do what I have always done, meet with the nurse and get a letter to her teachers. Probably better for them to have a heads up on things just in case anything happens. Thanks again for your imput.

On Jul 22, 2005

I've been watching for replies to these questions as well. My 12 year old PA/TNA son will be going to a large jr. high and I will have a 17 yr old PA foreign exchange student as well. I already have the "packets" made for all of my son's teachers. The top page is the "Emergency Medical Plan" with his picture on it and what to do (from the site) the next page is "EpiPen Directions", then "Food Allergy 101" and the final page is "Treatment of Anaphylaxis". I will meet each of his teachers individually as well as the school nurse, secretary, principal and lunchroom ladies.

I beleive I will do the same for my exchange "son" as well.

These are both very large schools with 2 floors and several buildings.

I'm getting nervous butterflies just thinking about it again. It happens every year at this time. This year is worse -- much larger school(s) and two PA kids!

Oh well, life is a bowl of cherries with a few pits, right?

Have a blessed day! Bridget

On Jul 22, 2005

We started out doing a letter to each teacher, including club sponsors. I think maybe 9th and 10th grades we did this. Before HS started, we met with the nurse, who was there for all 4 years. After the first 2 years though, I laid back and let my daughter handle things.No more letters. She carried an epipen on her and the nurse had one in the office. Luckily we never had to use them. They don't have lunch at school there (cancelled it due to discipline problems), so she really wasn't ever eating there, except snacks that she was responsible for knowing about. Now, it's on to college.