Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
Food Allergy Management
All Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Belleville shall have written policies and procedures that promote both prevention of and management of life-threatening food allergic reactions, also know as anaphylaxis. Therefore, all schools in the Diocese of Belleville shall develop a Food Allergy Management Program that fully implements the following procedures:
- Outlines the family’s responsibilities.
- Outlines the student’s responsibilities.
- Outlines the school’s responsibilities which will include in part the following:
- Identifies students with food allergies.
- Minimizes or manages risk of exposure to known allergens.
- Provides protocols to respond to allergic reactions with prompt recognition of symptoms and treatment.
- Educates and trains all staff that interacts with the students with food allergies about management for the students with food allergies including administration of medication.
School attendance does increase a student’s risk of exposure to allergens that could trigger a food-allergic reaction. A food allergy is an adverse reaction to a food protein mediated by the immune system which immediately reacts causing the release of histamine and other inflammatory chemicals and mediators. A food allergy is a condition in which the immune system incorrectly identifies a food protein as a threat and attempts to protect the body against it by releasing chemicals in the blood. The release of these chemicals results in the symptoms of an allergic reaction which can include a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. While it is not possible for the school to completely eliminate the risks of exposure to allergens when a student is at school, a Food Allergy Management Program using a cooperative effort among students’ families, school administration, staff members, and students helps the school reduce these risks and provides education and recognition for allergic reactions. Food Allergy Management Program should emphasize communication,preparation/coordination, openness and availability.
The principal or designee shall develop and implement a Food Allergy Management Program for each known allergic student that includes the following:
- Allergy Assessment
- Authorization for Emergency action
- Medical alert form for Teachers
- Medical alert form to Parents
- Individual Health Care Plan for students with life threatening allergies.
Contact the Office of Education for guidelines in establishing this program.
Adopted: March 22, 2011
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville