Food Allergy Awareness

Life threatening food allergy is a growing safety concern and creates a challenge for our schools. Approximately 6 percent of school-aged children have a significant food allergy and may be at risk for anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. There are no medications that cure food allergies. Strict avoidance of the food allergen is the only way to prevent allergic reactions. (Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Connecticut Schools, Connecticut State Department of Education, 2006).

Regional School District No. 6 recognizes that food allergies may be life threatening.  For this reason, the district is committed to developing strategies and practices to minimize the risk of accidental exposure to life threatening food allergens and to ensure prompt and effective medical response should a child suffer an allergic reaction while at school.

Parents of students with life-threatening food allergies are encouraged to contact their school’s nurse to discuss the need for an individual health care plan.

All district parents and students are encouraged to work with school staff to ensure that all students with life-threatening food allergies attending district schools are safe. To this end, several recommendations are offered.

1.      Don’t take food allergies lightly.

2.      Don’t share food.

3.      Wash hands frequently.

4.      Provide safe snacks. Some suggested safe snacks include fresh fruits and vegetables, 
       dried fruits, applesauce, yogurt, lunch meat roll-up, pepperoni stick, gummy snacks, celery
       sticks with cream cheese and cheese slices.

Please feel free to contact any district school nurse for information pertaining to food allergies.