Tools & Resources

Webinar Archive: Schools

FARE hosts free educational webinars designed to help you live life well with food allergies. Each month, we feature leading experts discussing the topics related to food allergy that you most want to hear about. FARE Members have the benefit of advanced registration for each webinar. To register for our next upcoming webinar, visit our Educational Webinars homepage.

The following recorded webinars cover best practices for managing food allergies in schools, advice for parents on how to seek accommodations in school, and include guidance specific to the early care setting.

Archived Webinars


Communicating About Food Allergens in Colleges and Universities
Speaker: Laura Lapp, RD, and Terri Brownlee, MPH, RD, LDN
Wednesday, October 5, 1 p.m. ET

Teens with food allergies face many unique challenges as they transition from living at home to dining on campus. This webinar will address how to communicate effectively about your food allergies at college or university. Areas of focus include what to look for when researching schools, different dining options available to students, working with the disabilities services department, foodservice and student responsibilities, and more.

Dr. GreenLaura Lapp is the Vice President of Wellness and Sustainability for Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. In this role, Laura drives enterprise solutions and programs that provide strategies for wellness, regulatory and sustainability across the higher education sector. Laura manages purchasing compliance for the higher education sector and works closely with both culinary and marketing teams to build cohesion within the organization. Laura is a registered dietitian with more than 20 years of nutrition and foodservice industry experience. She has been with Chartwells for 11 years this fall, first as a regional dietitian and then as director of nutrition prior to moving into her current role. Prior to Chartwells, Laura was a clinical dietitian and worked in long-term acute care and intensive care. She held a certification in nutrition support from ASPEN (American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) and also provided out-patient counseling for weight management and a variety of disease states A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Laura studied Nutrition and Food Science as an undergraduate and Dietetics and Hospitality Administration as a graduate student and completed her dietetics internship.

Dr. GreenTerri Brownlee helps clients combine the science of good health and nutrition with the enjoyment and pleasure that comes from good, wholesome food. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of nutrition in roles ranging from private practice and corporate consulting to foodservice and nutrition education. Currently the Director of Nutrition and Wellness for Bon Appétit Management Company, Terri manages strategic nutrition programming at colleges and businesses nationwide. Terri works closely with a team of chefs and registered dietitians to bring nutrition and wellness programming to the Bon Appétit cafés. Prior to joining Bon Appétit, Terri served as the Nutrition Director for Duke University's Diet & Fitness Center and Center for Living, where she directed the comprehensive nutrition services, authored the Diet & Fitness Center cookbook, and served as the media contact for numerous magazine, internet and television articles. Terri received her Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a foodie, Terri applies her knowledge of nutrition in helping her clients develop a healthier, more holistic approach to food, nutrition and overall wellness. 

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

The handout from the presentation can be viewed here.


Educating a Whole Community About Food Allergies: One District’s Journey
Speakers: Lori Bein, Ed.D., Ginny Hiltz, M.S.Ed. and Eric Larson, M.S.Ed.
Wednesday, August 17, 1 p.m. ET

This webinar will address the fundamentals regarding application of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (both laws are designed to protect individuals with disabilities) to the post-secondary setting. The emphasis will be on arming qualified students with allergies severe enough to be considered disabilities with information sufficient to enable them to negotiate the process and procedures for obtaining "academic adjustments" (modifications to policies, accommodations, and supports). We will address the laws' definition of a disability, schools' responsibilities, the responsibilities of individual students with disabilities, documentation issues, and participating in the interactive process in which schools are expected to engage.

Dr. GreenDr. Lori Bein is the Superintendent of Arlington Heights School District 25. Located in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, District 25 is an Early Childhood – 8th Grade District serving 5,500 students in 9 schools. Dr. Bein has also served as a middle school teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and an assistant superintendent in various suburban Chicago school districts, and has taught graduate courses for Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University. Dr. Bein has been an educator for 25 years. She and her husband, David, have 3 teenage children.

Dr. GreenMs. Ginny Hiltz is the Assistant Principal and Student Services Coordinator for Windsor School in Arlington Heights, IL. Windsor School houses two special education instructional programs serving approximately 50 students from around the district who have a variety of educational needs. Ms. Hiltz has also served as a second grade teacher, Library Media Specialist, and Differentiation Specialist at another suburban district, and as an Assistant Director and Director at an urban charter school. Ms. Hiltz is passionate about education and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation through Michigan State University’s Educational Psychology & Educational Technology PhD program. Ms. Hiltz has a three-year-old son who was diagnosed with a food allergy and asthma at the age of 9 months and who is a happy, active preschooler.

Dr. GreenEric Larson currently serves as the principal of Patton Elementary School, which is part of School District 25 in Arlington Heights, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. Patton Elementary School is home to 450 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Eric has been working in education for 13 years and has served as a middle school math teacher, middle school assistant principal, and elementary principal. Eric and his wife Codi have two happy, healthy children, one of whom was diagnosed with food allergies at a very young age.

This webinar is part of FARE’s Back to School Safely Campaign, made possible with support from Enjoy Life Foods, Skeeter Nut Free, and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


Students with Food Allergies and Disability Laws: High School to College
Speaker: Jim Long, JD
Wednesday, July 27, 1 p.m. ET

This webinar will address the fundamentals regarding application of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (both laws are designed to protect individuals with disabilities) to the post-secondary setting. The emphasis will be on arming qualified students with allergies severe enough to be considered disabilities with information sufficient to enable them to negotiate the process and procedures for obtaining "academic adjustments" (modifications to policies, accommodations, and supports). We will address the laws' definition of a disability, schools' responsibilities, the responsibilities of individual students with disabilities, documentation issues, and participating in the interactive process in which schools are expected to engage.

Dr. GreenJim Long is an attorney living in Denver and formerly a Senior Attorney with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, in the Denver Enforcement Office. Long served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps office in the Army for 23 years. He followed his military career serving a number of years as litigation counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site before moving to OCR. He served in OCR from 2003 to 2014. Jim is the principal at Educational Rights Consulting, providing civil rights consulting services to parents, school districts, colleges, and universities. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of ADA Coordinators and teaches at their annual fall and spring conferences.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

The script from the presentation can be viewed here.


Section 504, Title II, and Ensuring the Protection of K-12 Students With Severe Allergies
Speaker: Jim Long
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. ET

Since the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (effective in 2010), school districts have been struggling to come to grips with conditions that formerly were not considered disabilities (e.g., episodic conditions such as severe food allergies). How can you help a school district understand and fulfill its responsibilities to students with severe allergies that may constitute disabilities? This webinar will address these issues at the K-12 level and address many common questions and concerns that come with putting food allergy accommodations into place for students.

Robert Wood, M.D.Jim Long is an attorney living in Denver and formerly a Senior Attorney with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, in the Denver Enforcement Office. Long served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps office in the Army for 23 years. He followed his military career serving a number of years as litigation counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site before moving to OCR. He served in OCR from 2003 to 2014. Jim is the principal at Educational Rights Consulting, providing civil rights consulting services to parents, school districts, colleges, and universities. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of ADA Coordinators and teaches at their annual fall and spring conferences.



The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.



CDC’s Toolkit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
Speakers: Robin Wallin, DNP Director of Health Services Parkway District Schools
Wednesday, August 12, 1 p.m. ET

In 2013, the CDC published Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs, the first national comprehensive guidelines for school food allergy management, which provide practical information and strategies for schools while reinforcing federal laws and regulations. In April 2015, CDC announced the release of their Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools, a resource created to help schools implement the recommended policies, practices and procedures found in the voluntary guidelines. Please join us next month as Robin Wallin provides an overview of the Tool Kit, highlighting how it can be used to educate specific school audiences on ways to prevent and manage severe allergic reactions in schools. The tool kit includes tip sheets, training presentations, and podcasts for school superintendents, administrators, teachers and paraeducators, school nutrition professionals, school transportation staff and school mental health professionals.

Robin WallinRobin Wallin is the Director of Health Services for Parkway District Schools in St. Louis County, Mo. She has 18 years of experience as a school nurse and district school health leader for Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Va. In 2014, Robin served as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Public Health Fellow at the CDC. She worked in the Division of Population Health's School Health Branch where she worked to help create the CDC's Food Allergy Toolkit to bring the contents of the CDC's Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to specific school audiences. Wallin is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a nationally certified school nurse and a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate from Yale University School of Nursing.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

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Partnerships for Progress: A School Nurse’s Perspective on Supporting Students with Food Allergy
Speaker: Cathy Owens, RN, M.Ed.
Wednesday, February 18, 1 p.m. ET

This session will discuss the school nurse's role and perspective in partnering with parents and schools to care for students with life-threatening food allergies. The presenter will also speak on her experiences advocating for schools to stock epinephrine for unknown cases of anaphylaxis.

Cathy Owens, RN, M.Ed. is Coordinator of Health Services and the Lead Credentialed School Nurse for Murrieta Valley Unified School District in California. Cathy is also a National Epinephrine Resource School Nurse, and has spoken at the FARE National Food Allergy Conference and the National School Nurse Conference on food allergies and anaphylaxis. A school nurse for over 25 years, Cathy is passionate about food allergies and student safety. She has lobbied on Capitol Hill for more support in schools for students with food allergies and helped write the state standards for training for anaphylaxis in California.



The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


 

CDC Guidelines: The Gold Standard for Food Allergy Management in Schools
Speaker: Karie Mulkowsky, CDC Project Manager for FARE 
Wednesday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET

On October 30, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs – the first national comprehensive guidelines for school food allergy management. Join Karie on September 10th as she highlights some of the most important aspects of the CDC guidelines and shows how it can help make your school a safer and more inclusive environment for students with food allergies. Highlights from the guidelines include:

  • Developing a Food Allergy Management and Prevention Plan (FAMPP)
  • Following Federal Laws
  • Recommendations for Safety and Inclusion
  • Actions for District and School Administrators and Staff



The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


 

What Every Parent Must Know About Managing Food Allergies at School
Speaker: Gina Clowes 

Wednesday, August 20, 1 p.m. ET

Gina Clowes, FARE's Director of Education, will share the must-know facts for establishing a safe and inclusive school environment.

  • What are "accommodations" and how does a parent know what to ask for?
  • What is a Section 504 plan (or other accommodation plan) and does every child at risk for anaphylaxis need one?
  • What are the critical components of an accommodation plan?
  • Why a Food Allergy Action plan is not enough to ensure inclusion.
  • What are the federal laws that protect children with food allergies?
  • The CDC's "Recommended Practices" for safety and inclusion.




 

Managing Food Allergies in the Early Care Setting
Speaker: Gina Mennett Lee & Laurel Francoeur
Wednesday, July 9, 1 p.m. ET

Managing food allergies in the preschool setting can be challenging. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is critical to a child’s growth and development. This presentation will address the important roles of both the parents and the providers in creating a successful learning environment for children with food allergies. We will discuss current research, best practices, recommendations from the CDC guidelines and practical management tips. We will also discuss the rights of children with food allergies and applicable laws.

Gina Mennett Lee, M.Ed. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, advocate, and consultant who specializes in the management of food allergies in the school setting. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and bachelor’s degrees in both elementary and special education. She is the founder of the Food Allergy Education Network, and the director of the National Allergy & Anaphylaxis Council. In addition, she is the owner of a private food allergy consulting firm, Mennett Lee, LLC and serves as an expert contributor to AllergyHome. She recently served as an expert witness in the landmark Iowa food allergy case, Knudsen vs. Tiger Tots Community Child Care Center Corporation and has appeared in or contributed to numerous television, online and print media sources regarding the topic of food allergy management. Gina is co-author of the soon-to-be released Food Allergy Management in Early Care Settings.

Laurel Francoeur graduated from M.I.T. with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in philosophy. She is a graduate of Suffolk Law School and has been a practicing lawyer since 1996. She is a support group leader for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and served on their board of directors. She is currently a patient advocate for AAFA and education project manager of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. She also is co-owner of Greenlaurel Documents, an online allergy resource company specializing in customized food allergy plans. Laurel is co-author of the soon-to-be released, Food Allergy Management in Early Care Settings.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.