Life-Threatening Allergy PolicySTUDENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIESBackgroundThe Lincoln Public Schools recognizes the increasing prevalence of life-threatening food and other allergies among its student population. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAI) and the Massachusetts Department of Education recommend that a school district develop a system of identifying children with life-threatening allergies (LTA) and be prepared to deal with life-threatening reactions.Allergic reactions LTA can vary among students and range from mild to life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Anaphylaxis may occur in allergic individuals immediately or several hours after exposure to a specific allergen even when prior exposure to the allergen has not resulted in life-threatening symptoms. Even touching or inhaling the allergen may result in anaphylaxis for allergen-sensitive students. The most common causes of anaphylaxis in children include the following allergens:
PolicyThe Lincoln Public Schools will establish a system-wide prevention and emergency plan for identifying and addressing student's life-threatening allergic reactions. The school district shall:
- Foods (peanuts, tree nuts, milk, other dairy products, egg, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish)
- Insect stings (bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets)
The Lincoln Public Schools is committed to working with allergic students and their parents/guardians to safely address their physical, social, and emotional needs and to ensure that all students with LTA are able to fully access the curriculum and school-related activities. Further, he protocol will aim to provide age-appropriate procedures to assist in children in assuming more individual responsibility for their health and safety as they grow older.Role of the Parents/Guardians of a Student with Food Allergies
- Develop and implement protocols to minimize the risk of exposure to allergens that pose a threat to students.
- Educate all members of the school community on management of student allergies.
- Plan for the needs of students with life-threatening allergies.
- Inform the school nurse of your child's allergies prior to the opening of school or as soon as possible after a diagnosis.
- Provide the school with a way to always reach you (cell phone, beeper, etc).
- Provide a list of foods and allergens to be avoided.
- Participate in developing an Emergency Action Plan and Individual Health Care Plan for your child with the school nurse and review the plan with the nurse and teacher as needed.
- Provide the school nurse with up to date medical orders and emergency medications for the entire school year.
- Consider use of a MEDIC-ALERT ID by your child during school.
- Decide if an additional Epipen for your child will be kept in the school and, if so, where.
- Decide if the student needs to eat in an “Allergy Aware” area in the classroom and /or the cafeteria.
- Leave a bag of “safe snacks” in the student's classroom for unplanned events.
- Inform the school of any changes in your child's LTA status, and provide the school nurse with the licensed provider's statement if the student no longer has allergies.
- Teach your child to:
- Recognize the first symptoms of an allergic/anaphylactic reaction.
- Communicate clearly as soon as he/she feels a reaction is starting.
- Carry his/her own EpiPen when appropriate.
- Take as much responsibility as possible for his/her own safety.
- If accommodations cannot be made in the cafeteria for your child's allergy, provide appropriate lunch.
Last Modified on March 19, 2014