Food Allergen Safe School Policy
Responsibility of teachers when a child in their classroom has a life threatening food allergy:
Avoid the use of the identified allergen in all lunches, snacks, class projects, celebrations, cooking, snacks, etc. Modify class materials and activities on a case by case basis depending on the severity of the food allergy.
Ensure that the child with the food allergy will only eat food sent by the child’s family.
Notify the family of the child with the allergy when special snacks will be served so that the family can send in a safe alternative snack with their child.
Make sure children wash hands and faces before and after handling and consuming foods.
Make sure surfaces where foods are prepared and served are thoroughly cleaned with soap and water and then a disinfectant spray.
Have rapid access to the child’s Emergency Care Plan and to the epi-pen or other rescue medication.
Practice the plan before an allergic reaction occurs to assure the effectiveness of the plan.
Ensure that all medication administration paperwork is properly filled out when parents bring in medication.
Be trained on the signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic episode and the use of epi-pens.
Inform substitute teachers about children with food allergies.
Responsibility of the parents or guardians whose child has a food allergy:
Parents whose child has an identified life threatening food allergy will provide the Center with the child’s emergency action plan signed by the health care provider. The emergency action plan will be updated on at least a yearly basis or when any significant changes occur.
Parents will leave all medications listed on the child’s emergency action plan at the Center. All prescription medication shall be in the original container, properly labeled for the child, and administered prior to the expiration date on the container. All non-prescription medication shall be labeled for the child and be administered prior to the expiration date.
Parents shall send in each day all the food the children will consume for lunch and snacks. The child with the food allergy will only be served food that is sent from the child’s home.
Responsibility of the Center:
The Center will not exclude children from classrooms, science experiments, celebrations, field trips etc because of food allergies. Parent will be informed ahead of time of special activities so a plan can be put in place to include the child with the allergy.
If the child has a food allergy that poses a risk of anaphylaxis, that particular food will not be allowed in the child’s classroom. However, the food will be allowed in other classrooms in the Center. For example if a child in the Seeker Room has a severe nut allergy, no nuts will be allowed in that classroom but children in other classrooms can have nuts in their lunches.
The Center will not serve nut or peanuts or products containing nuts or peanuts for snack as we think parents should decide when to introduce nut and peanut products to their child.
The Center will inform substitute teachers and volunteers about children who have food allergies.
The Center will provide opportunities for all teachers to learn about food allergies, anaphylaxis and medication administration training.
All teachers will maintain certification in Fist Aid and Infant and Child CPR.