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Food Allergies in the Classroom

Resources to help teachers and other educators create and maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment.

If you haven’t had a student with a food allergy in your classroom yet, odds are you soon will. For reasons that aren’t completely understood, the incidence of food allergies is increasing. One in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom, has a food allergy.

Classroom Toolkit

Use this toolkit to help your students with food allergies be safe and included at school.

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My Student Has a Food Allergy. What Can I Do to Help?

Teachers can follow these recommendations to minimize the risk of accidental ingestion or exposure to food allergens in the classroom.

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My Classmate Has a Food Allergy. What Can I Do to Help?

Students, both with allergies and without, can follow these recommendations to help their friends and classmates feel supported and safe.

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How Might a Child Describe a Reaction?

Children have unique ways of describing their experiences and perceptions, and allergic reactions are no exception. This tip sheet provides examples of the words a child might use to describe a reaction.

Training Presentations/Programs

Recognizing Responding to Anaphylaxis

Recognizing & Responding to Anaphylaxis

School faculty and staff can take this online training course to learn about the severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, its causes, and the proper emergency response.

Keeping Students Safe

Keeping Students Safe & Included

School faculty and staff can take this online training course to learn about managing food allergies in schools, how to best protect students with food allergies, and how to keep them included.

Be a PAL

Be a PAL®

Elementary school teachers can use this educational program in their classrooms to Protect A Life by helping children learn how to be a good friend to kids with food allergies.

In Their Own Words - Kids Living With Food Allergies

This compelling video shows kids with food allergies candidly sharing their experiences and feelings about their food allergy journey.

Classroom Tips

Follow these recommendations to minimize the risk of accidental ingestion or exposure to food allergens in the classroom.

Tips for Managing Students with Food Allergies During a Shelter-in-Place Emergency

Many schools and districts have emergency plans for when children and staff must shelter in place. (These rare events are sometimes called “lockdowns.”) Such plans must account for the special needs of children with food allergies—especially in terms of what foods to include in an emergency food supply.

Tips for Field Trips

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.

Tips for Cleaning

Cleaning tables and other surfaces to remove food allergens can make classrooms and cafeterias safer for children with food allergies. Learn more about effective sanitation methods.

Tips 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.

FARE recommends the following best practices that can help teachers minimize the risk of accidental ingestion or exposure to allergens in the classroom.

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