CDC Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
The CDC tool kit contains tip sheets, training presentations, and podcasts to help school staff implement the “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs” in order to prevent and manage severe allergic reactions in schools.
On August 12, 2015, FARE was joined by Dr. Robin Wallin, Director of Health Services at Parkway District Schools, for a webinar presentation about the CDC’s Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools. The Tool Kit is a resource containing tip sheets, customizable PowerPoints, and podcasts geared for specific school audiences, which can be downloaded by school nurses, parents, and other health and safety advocates in educating schools about how to support students with food allergies.
During the first half of the webinar, Wallin provided an overview of the tool kit and reviewed action steps that school staff members can take to prevent and manage allergic reactions in schools. Tool kit resources can be utilized by school administrators, teachers, transportation staff, school nurses, and more. Wallin stated, “While school administrator support and leadership is critical, managing food allergies in school is a team effort”. All members of the school community, including parents, health care providers, and school personnel need to know how to help students with food allergies be safe, supported, and included at school.
The second half of the webinar was dedicated to a live Question & Answer session, where Wallin and FARE’s Director of Education, Gina Clowes, fielded questions from participants on a variety of topics related to managing food allergies in schools.
Topics addressed include:
- Using non-food rewards in the classroom
- Section 504 plans vs. Individual Health Plans (IHP)
- Parental involvement in helping schools create a food allergy policy
- Supporting students with food allergies at PTO/PTA events
- Ensuring food allergy accommodations are both safe and inclusive of students
Click here to view a recording of the webinar.