ALLERGEN MANAGEMENT PLAN – AUSTIN & JOLLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
When a student enters the Vermillion School District or if there is a change in the student’s health status, parents are asked to complete a health form. This form alerts the school nurse to any health conditions that warrant further information. If this information involves an allergy, a treatment plan is completed by parent/guardian, school nurse and the student’s doctor.
- Notify staff of students with allergies
- Review policies and procedures annually
- Equip buildings with signage
- Inform all students in the district of the need for nut/peanut safety precautions
- School nurse will provide education and training to onsite personnel for epi-pen administration, symptoms of exposure, and emergency plans and procedures.
- Education and awareness training will be offered to students, parents, and community groups.
- Emergency plans and procedures shall be put in place for responding in a timely manner to emergency situations involving students with food allergies.
- Personnel must be available to monitor day-to-day compliance with the policy and implement emergency plans and procedures.
- School Handbook
- Student Orientation and Open House
- Parent Meetings
- New Student Information Packets
- District Website
- In consideration of the age of the students, Austin and Jolley Schools will be Nut/Peanut Restricted. Thus, nut products are not allowed.
- As a proactive practice to prevent exposure to allergens or infectious disease, only prepackaged items with ingredient labels will be allowed for classroom snacks.
- If a student brings nut/peanut products in a home lunch, the lunch will be taken. The teacher/staff will explain why the lunch was taken, and an alternative lunch will be provided. The school will call the parents that day explaining the incident. The foods the child brought that contained nut products will be identified so future problems can be avoided and the parent will be informed to pick up the lunch.
- An approved snack list will be provided; only approved snacks will be allowed in the classrooms. We suggest families provide a non-food item for the classroom for student birthday celebrations rather than treats.
- Students with anaphylactic allergies must have an allergy action plan on file in the school office. Epi-pens will be stored in the school office and will be administered in the event of an emergency. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school of severe allergies requiring any of the above actions. It is also the parent’s responsibility to provide the emergency medication.
Responsibilities of the Teachers:
- Attend training at the start of each school year regarding the topic of life threatening food allergies, prevention procedures, and epi-pen administration.
- Obtain a copy of the Emergency Plan for each student with life-threatening food allergies.
- Ensure only approved snacks are allowed in the classroom.
- Enforce the allergen management policy.
Responsibilities of the Lunchroom Staff:
- Attend training at the start of each school year regarding the topic of life threatening food allergies, exposure symptoms, and epi-pen training.
- Monitor and enforce the policy; remove lunches containing nut/peanut products and report to administrator.
- Responsibilities of the Food Service Director:
- The lunch service provider will ensure that all food service staff attends training on food allergy management.
- There are no emergency medications provided on the school bus if a student comes in contact with an allergen. Parents are responsible to communicate allergy information with the school bus service.