10 Essential School Resources for Food Allergy Parents
Thankfully, nowadays there are many resources online to help parents prepare for a new school year for their children with food allergies. Sifting through the many resources available, however, can be overwhelming. We’ve created this list of the top 10 resources you need to read, print, fill out or bookmark to use this school year:
- Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
FARE's Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan describes the symptoms of an allergic reaction and outlines recommended treatment, is signed by a physician and includes emergency contact information. This document should be on file for every student with food allergy. Available in English and Spanish.
- Webinar Recording: What Every Parent Must Know About Managing Food Allergies at School
In this webinar, Gina Clowes, FARE's Director of Education, shares the must-know facts for establishing a safe and inclusive school environment.
- Keeping Children with Food Allergies Safe at School
A one-page download of important recommendations from the national guidelines published in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- CDC Guidelines and Toolkit
The CDC Guidelines seek to protect the physical and emotional health of students with food allergies by providing practical information and strategies for schools while reinforcing federal laws and regulations. This webpage includes links to view the guidelines and a toolkit for implementation in schools.
- CDC Recommended Practices
A two-page download of recommended practices and accommodations for the classroom, cafeteria, transportation, school events and physical education and recess.
- How a Child Might Describe a Reaction
Precious time is lost when adults do not immediately recognize that a reaction is occurring or don’t understand what a child is telling them. This webpage and one-page download gives examples of the words a child might use to describe a reaction.
- Letter from FARE to School Leaders
This letter can be printed or sent to school administrators to help explain the CDC Guidelines and provide examples of accommodations for students with food allergies.
- Section 504 & Written Plans
FARE recommends that parents of children with food allergies create, in collaboration with their school, a written food allergy management plan. This page explains the federal civil rights law related to providing accommodations for students, and how to begin the process of creating a plan for your child.
- Protecting Students with Disability (OCR FAQ)
This document contains frequently asked questions about Section 504 and the education of children with disabilities.
- FARE’s Back to School Headquarters
These resources and many more can be found at FARE’s new Back to School Headquarters.
Special thanks to Skeeter Nut Free™ and Sun Cups® for supporting our Ready, Set, Back to School Safely campaign.
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