Schools and Food Allergies
At any time, school staff may need to respond to a food allergy emergency—whether in the classroom or cafeteria, or on the playground, athletic field, or school bus. That’s why it’s important for educators to know about food allergies and understand their role in helping to prevent and respond to allergic reactions in schools.
What is NEA Healthy Futures Doing to Help?
NEA Healthy Futures and the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnered to publish The Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know. This booklet is designed to educate all school employees about food allergies and how they can help to prevent and respond to food allergic reactions in schools.
This free pocket-sized resource is available for download and answers:
- What are the most common foods that might trigger an allergic reaction?
- What are the signs and symptoms of a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction?
- What is anaphylaxis?
- What is your role in helping to manage food allergies in schools?
This booklet will give you information on what to do when a student is having a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction and will explain how you can help prevent reactions in your school.
An Excerpt from the Book:
Example Food Allergy Situation: Selena the Student
The fourth-grade class at Shadyside Elementary is having a birthday party. Selena just ate a cookie brought into the class by the parent of one of her classmates. Suddenly, she notices a rash and hives on her arms. She begins to feel short of breath, so she lets Pam the paraeducator know that something is wrong.
Pam thinks that Selena might be having an allergic reaction.
Do you know what Pam should do?