Essential Resources and Tips for Parents

Take a deeper dive into managing food allergies throughout the school day and school year.

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.

Important Documents and Information

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

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.

Section 504 Plans

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.

National Guidelines from the CDC

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.

A Letter from FARE to School Leaders
This message from FARE staff provides an overview of the CDC’s 2013 national guidelines for managing food allergies in the school setting. Download and send to your school.

Epinephrine at School

Every state in the U.S. has legislation in place allowing students, with appropriate consent, to carry their prescribed epinephrine at school.

Trainings and Webinars

Keeping Students Safe & Included (Training)

A free 30-minute online training course designed to help school staff and administrators become better prepared to manage students with food allergies and respond to food allergy emergencies. 

Recognizing & Responding to Anaphylaxis (Training)

Food allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis, although several other allergens—such as insect stings, medications or latex—can be potential triggers. Get prepared to handle anaphylaxis by taking this free 10-minute online course.

Preschool and Early Child Care Food Allergy Training (Webinar)

Managing food allergies in preschools can be especially challenging. This presentation addresses how both parents and providers can create a successful learning environment for young children with food allergies. Discusses current research, best practices, CDC recommendations and practical management tips. The webinar also addresses the rights of children with food allergies and applicable laws.

Exclude the Food, Not the Child (Webinar)

This webinar shares best practices for managing food in school and at extra-curricular activities.

Section 504, Title II, and Ensuring the Protection of K-12 Students with Severe Allergies (Webinar)

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.

Tips and Checklists

Ideas for Non-Food Treats and Rewards

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 Trip Tips

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.

Food Allergies: What PTOs and PTAs Need to Know

Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) can be a powerful voice for children with food allergies.

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