Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How do you accommodate food allergies and other special diets?

Food Allergies can be life threatening and therefore we take them very seriously. We have become a Tree Nut Free Zone to accommodate the severe allergy that several of our students have to peanuts. We follow the School Guidelines for Managing Students with Food Allergies developed by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. You can find the full guidelines here.

If your child, has a food allergy it is the family’s responsibility to alert the school and provide appropriate medical documentations, instructions and directions from a physician. Also, parents are required to submit a FOOD ALLERGY ACTION PLAN for their child. You can download or print the form here.

In addition, families should educate the child in the self-management of their food allergy including:
Safe and unsafe foods
Strategies for avoiding exposure to unsafe foods
Symptoms of allergic reactions
How and when to tell an adult they may be having an allergy-related problem
How to read food labels (age appropriate)

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