Essential Documents and Tips for Parents
Once you understand the basics of your child’s food allergy and school policies, you can turn your attention to related issues at school. These resources take a deeper dive into managing food allergies throughout the school day and school year.
This document should be on file for every student with food allergies. Signed by your child’s physician, it outlines symptoms of an allergic reaction and recommended treatment. It also includes emergency contact numbers. Review and update it every school year.
The CDC’s guidelines seek to protect the physical and emotional health of students with food allergies. They provide practical information and strategies for schools while reinforcing federal laws and regulations. While this content is geared toward educators, parents benefit from knowing about this critical resource.
FARE recommends that parents of children with food allergy work with their school to create a written food allergy management plan. A 504 plan is one such document that outlines how the school will address the individual needs of your child. It allows your child to participate safely and equally alongside his or her peers during the school day.
How can you help a school district fulfill its responsibilities to students with severe allergies? This webinar training addresses these issues at the K-12 level. The expert speaker also answers many common questions that come with food allergy accommodations.
Food treats are an easy and convenient reward for good performance or behavior, but they can be a problem for children with food allergies. Choose nonfood items instead to help create a healthy, safe and inclusive environment. Encourage your child’s teachers and coaches to do the same.
Field trips are a highlight of the school year, but chaperones must take extra precautions to keep children with food allergies safe. Follow these tips for a successful event.
About one-third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied because of their allergies. FARE's "It's Not a Joke" campaign can help you prevent food allergy bullying in your school and community.
Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) can be a powerful voice for children with food allergies.