Managing Food Allergies at School
Education, communication and cooperation are the keys to managing food allergies at school. FARE offers a variety of helpful resources and materials to help you or your child have a safer experience at school. By working as a team with the school personnel, other parents, and your physician, you can ensure that your child has a safe and rewarding experience.
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
This document should be on file for every student with food allergies. It outlines treatment recommended treatment in case of an allergic reaction, includes emergency contact numbers and is signed by the student’s physician.
Managing Food Allergies in the School Setting: Guidance for Parents
Created to help parents send their children with food allergies off to school, this resource addresses key issues, from providing information and medication to the school to coping with bullying. This document is the result of a collaboration between FARE, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations.
CDC Guidelines and Supplemental Resoures
The CDC’s Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs 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.
CDC Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies at Schools
This Tool Kit is a resource created by the CDC to help schools implement the recommended policies, practices and procedures found in the CDC guidelines. The Tool Kit contains 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.
FAME Manual and Tool-Kit
Developed by St. Louis children’s Hospital, the Food Allergy Management & Education (FAME) tool-kit and manual provides valuable information and resources to assist schools and parents with the prevention of life-threatening food allergy reactions.
A food allergy may be considered a disability under federal laws, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Tips for Parents & Educators
FARE and its partners have developed a number of resources specifically for educators and school personnel. Talk to your school about reviewing the documents below, and ask them to visit our Resources For Schools page.
Letter from FARE to School Leaders
This signed letter from FARE to school leaders discusses recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and written accommodations to keep students with food allergies safe and included.
This checklist has 10 basic tips for teachers who have students with food allergies, such as using non-food incentives and having rapid access to epinephrine auto-injectors.
Field Trip Tips
Tips for parents and educators chaperoning school field trips on how to have a fun and safe event.
Managing Students with Food Allergies During a Shelter-in-Place Emergency
School districts and schools across the country, along with the federal government, are developing emergency plans in the event of an occurrence that would shelter children and staff in place rather than evacuating them. This document explains how these plans can meet the special needs of students with medical conditions, including food allergy.
The following educational resources can help schools implement policies and procedures to help reduce allergic reactions, improve responses to life-threatening reactions, and provide a safer and more inclusive school environment for students with food allergies.
FARE Education Network: Food Allergies: Keeping Students Safe and Included
A food allergy training presentation designed to help school staff and administrators learn how to effectively manage students with food allergies and respond to food allergy emergencies.
How to C.A.R.E. ™ for Students with Food Allergies: What Educators Should Know
This free online interactive course teaches educators how to prepare for food allergy and anaphylaxis. It is specifically designed for school personnel – administrators, nurses, teachers, and other staff – in the United States.
Online Food Allergy Toolkit for School Nurses
FARE has worked with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the Centers for Disease Control, and the National School Boards Association to develop resources for food allergy and anaphylaxis management in the school setting.
School Resources for Purchase
We also provide many other resources that are available for purchase from FARE at our e-store.
You can find additional tools, information and resources for schools on our Resources for Schools page.
Back to School Headquarters
For additional resources on managing food allergies at school including links to downloads, webinars, tips, and more, visit our Back To School Headquarters.