School Board policies on Food Allergies~ USA specific

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Several very good school board policies have been posted and linked in the media thread. I thought they would also be helpful here, on the [b]Schools [/b]board. I'll repost those policies here. If others are added over time, it would be helpful if you'd post the link, the name of the school district along with the state, and then cut/paste the section that pertains to Food Allergies.

Thank you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

P.S. May be one of our Canadian friends would like to do the same but Canadian specific?

On Oct 12, 2005

[b]Putnam County Schools (Winfield, West Virginia) [/b]

[url="http://www.putnamschools.com/about/documents/Policy-hyperlinksinTOC6-5-05.doc"]http://www.putnamschools.com/about/documents/Policy-hyperlinksinTOC6-5-05.doc[/url]

Go to Page 319, Section T.5.5 Life Threatening Food Allergies (amended 1/24/05).

Quoting:

T.5.5. Life Threatening Food Allergies. In accordance with the Putnam County Board of Education

On Oct 12, 2005

[b]Milford Public Schools (Milford, Massachusetts)[/b] from Jason [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.milfordpublicschools.com/Administration/EmergencyResponsePolicy/tabid/345/Default.aspx"]http://www.milfordpublicschools.com/Administration/EmergencyResponsePolicy/ta bid/345/Default.aspx[/url]

MEDICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS POLICY Introduction The School Committee for the Milford Public Schools is committed to the development of practices that will help to create an environment as safe as reasonably possible for all individuals in the school community. The Milford School Committee will follow, to the extent such is deemed appropriate to the Milford School System, the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) guidelines, Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies in Schools published in the fall of 2002. Purpose 1. To promote a community approach in the management of life-threatening allergies; 2. To develop strategies that will protect children with life-threatening allergic reactions to the extent possible; 3. To create a safer place for children to eat, learn, and play; 4. To heighten employee awareness in the recognition of signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, that will aid in the timely activation of the Emergency Medical System (EMS) for those individuals known or not previously known to experience anaphylactic reaction; 5. To have school personnel cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) trained in each school building; and 6. To provide direction for school personnel in the management of severe respiratory distress, the presence of a head, neck and back injury, when heavy bleeding or seizures occur. 7. This policy is for activities during school hours: Elementary School 8:05AM to 3:05PM Friday 8:05AM to 2:50PM Middle School 7:45AM to 2:45PM Friday 7:45AM to 2:30PM High School 7:40AM to 2:40PM Friday 7:40AM to 2:25PM. Training of School Personnel The School Committee will ensure there is a person certified in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in each school building. CPR includes training in the Automated External Defibrillator. The names of the CPR-certified staff members will be placed in the inside cover of the Emergency Health Care Plan Book located in the main office of each building during the fall. Each building administrator will provide the Milford Fire Department with a building floor plan identifying individual building egresses to aid in the quick arrival of the emergency personnel when a 9

On Oct 12, 2005

Thank You Gail W!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

------------------ Love this site Synthia

On Oct 12, 2005

I'm re-posting the policy and associated regulation for Management of Life Threatening Food Allergies for the Pleasanton Unified School District (Pleasanton, Alameda County, California).

The links have changed since 2004 (original post date).

Here's a link to the Board Policy

[url="http://www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/pub/BoardPolicies/5000/5536-POL.pdf"]http://www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/pub/BoardPolicies/5000/5536-POL.pdf[/url]

and the Administrative Regs

[url="http://www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/pub/BoardPolicies/5000/5536-REG.pdf"]http://www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/pub/BoardPolicies/5000/5536-REG.pdf[/url]

---------------------------------------- Board Policy is below ---------------------- POL-5536 Page 1 of 1 11/18/03 MANAGEMENT OF LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

The Board of Trustees is aware that anaphylactic reactions, most often caused by exposure to substances to which the pupil is allergic, can be life threatening. The sources of these allergens are typically food, medicines, insects and latex. The risk of accidental exposure to these allergens can be reduced in the school setting if school staff works with pupils, parents/guardians, and physicians to minimize risks and provide a safe educational environment for allergic pupils.

The partnership between school staff, parents/guardians, and physicians is primary to the successful management of a pupil

On Oct 13, 2005

Great Great Great stuff. Thank you soo much for posting.

On Mar 14, 2006

raising for linda1r

hoping others will post policies they have found here....

On Mar 14, 2006

Here is one from Spokane Public Schools

[url="http://www.spokaneschools.org/NutritionServices/Allergies/"]http://www.spokaneschools.org/NutritionServices/Allergies/[/url]

Especially read the Guidelines:

[url="http://www.spokaneschools.org/NutritionServices/pdf/Guidelines.pdf"]http://www.spokaneschools.org/NutritionServices/pdf/Guidelines.pdf[/url]

Cathy

------------------ Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Mar 14, 2006

Ann Arbor Public Schools [url="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps.forparents/files/foodallergyhandbook.pdf"]www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps.forparents/files/foodallergyhandbook.pdf[/url]

Adding this to be under the correct heading - - this link is weird, it had a space when I copied it, I took out the space and it should work

On Jun 19, 2006

from Jody2boys in here: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/002375.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/002375.html[/url]

Proposed Policy for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in the School

Food allergy is an exaggerated response by the immune system to a food that the body mistakenly identifies as being harmful. Students with life-threatening food allergies are at risk for anaphylaxis, a severe reaction that can lead to death in a matter of minutes requiring immediate emergency medical treatment. At present time, there is no cure for food allergy and avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction. In order to provide a safe learning environment for students with life-threhcatening food allergies, the Lisbon Central School Board of Education establishes the following administrative regulations:

Identification of Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies

1. The school nurse shall develop and implement strategies for the early identification of students with life-threatening food allergies (see Procedure for Identifying Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies).

Process for Annual Development of Individualized Health Care Plan

This process will include methods for developing individualized health care plans (IHCP) and emergency care plans (ECP). Every student with an identified life-threatening food allergy shall have an IHCP and an ECP developed to meet his or her individual health care needs. Emergency medications should not be locked during the school day but must not be accessible to any student or unauthorized staff member.

Individual Health Care Plans

2. Identification of a core team to establish each individual plan. The school nurse should have the lead role on this team. In addition to the school nurse, this team should include, at a minimum, parent(s), guardian(s), or other family members; school administrator(s); classroom teacher(s) and the student (if appropriate). Other possible team members include the school medical advisor, school-based health clinics, student

On Oct 18, 2006

bump

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On Apr 16, 2007

[b]Waukee School Board, Des Moines, Iowa[/b] area

[url="http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070413/NEWS/704130334/1004/NEWS02"]http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070413/NEWS/704130334/1004/NEWS02[/url]

Waukee school board OKs district-wide allergy policy The board, however, left room for some minor changes before the second, final reading on May 8.

By GRANT SCHULTE REGISTER STAFF WRITER

April 13, 2007 6 Comments

A hotly debated allergy policy for Waukee schools on Tuesday passed the first of two school board votes needed to enact district-wide safeguards for students allergic to peanuts, pets and other potential allergens.

The Waukee school board unanimously approved the policy, but left room for minor changes before the policy's second and final reading May 8.

The vote capped what some school board members described as a huge - sometimes angry - response to an earlier version of the proposal, which would have banned peanuts altogether for younger students. The district's peanut conundrum, which emerged from an increase in allergy cases over the past decade, has concerned administrators, riled some parents and spurred a broader debate pitting student safety against a staple of school lunches.

As it now stands, parents would be asked to avoid sending peanut items in school lunches and for snacks, classroom projects such as math mapping and graphing for kindergarten through ninth grades would not involve counting edibles such as cereals and candies, and live animals would not be allowed as classroom pets, among other guidelines.

Only one other dispute - the hotly contested school boundary realignments in November, which made way for Maple Grove Elementary School - generated a larger reaction, members said.

The surprising influx included "very, very extreme opinions - strong, heartfelt opinions on both sides," said school board president Tracy Lepeltak.

"It's been really, really difficult, because I've heard all the points," Lepeltak said. "I appreciate the thought (the policy's authors) put into this."

Peanuts are one of the most dangerous potential allergens within the district because the resulting shock can kill those afflicted. Opponents of a full ban countered that such a policy was unenforceable and would restrict students' rights to eat peanut treats. There are 56 known allergy cases district-wide.

The new language, requesting that students not bring peanut-related items, leaves principals open to address the issue should it become a larger problem, said Superintendent David Wilkerson.

The school board's policy committee, headed by board member Peggy Pierce, spent months crafting the policy amid concerns that accidental exposure to an allergen - be it a peanut or a guinea pig - could put some children at risk. Parts of the proposal, including a personalized action plan for individual students, are already used by schools within the district. School board members have wrestled with wording for the district-wide policy because it has to balance the rights of students at risk with those wanting to enjoy foods or animals that may trigger an allergy.

"I don't think we ought to punish the entire student population for that experience," said school board member Pat DeMouth. "It's kind of throwing out the baby with the bath water."

The policy also addressed allergy-inducing pets, but that provision - banning classroom and visiting pets, except for service animals and pre-approved classroom lessons - is likely to change to only restrict visiting pets, school board members said. Teachers said the animals teach students respect for living creatures and lift spirits.

"Our students truly think of our pets as classmates," said Kami Clark, a second-grade teacher with classroom pets at Walnut Hills Elementary School. "Sometimes, they greet them before they greet their teacher."

Jane Olson, a Waukee mother of two, thanked the district for addressing a problem she said is widely misunderstood or overlooked. Olson said her 15-year-old daughter, a ninth-grader at Prairieview School, had never been excluded from school activities despite a peanut allergy.

"Is her allergy fiction? No," Olson said. "She has had parents, and school nurses and teachers" who helped her adjust.

"When your child has a life-threatening allergy, you have this feeling of dread," she said. "You just want to stay there at school and protect your child."

On Apr 16, 2007

Howard County, MD Public School Policy:

GUIDELINES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES DEFINITION AND BACKGROUND

Students with severe, sometimes life threatening, food allergies attend Howard County Public Schools. Two to five percent of the student population may be affected. Foods that most commonly cause anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction, are peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, milk, wheat, soy, and eggs. These severe allergic reactions can occur within minutes of ingestion or a reaction can be delayed for up to two hours.

Some reactions are

On Jul 8, 2007

bump, any good new policies out there? Meg

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