Protecting Your Child at School
If you haven't already, file a Food Allergy Action Plan with the nurse's office that lists your child's allergies and medications. FAAN has created one; download a copy below and print it on brightly colored paper so it can be found easily in your child's file.
You may want to band together with other parents of kids with food allergies to meet with all school personnel -- including food-service staff and even substitute teachers, if possible -- so everyone knows exactly what steps to take in the event of an emergency. If you feel the school is not providing a safe environment, you may need to implement a more formalized process (called a 504 plan). These are based on federal disability and civil-rights laws and require a school to follow specific procedures.
Originally published in the December 2011 issue of Parents magazine.
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