Schools, Camps & Daycare
The following pages focus on specific aspects of managing food allergies in the school setting, primarily, though many of them can apply to daycare settings and camps. The following article by allergist Michael Pistiner and pediatrician Cynthia DiLaura-Devore is a good foundation for educating any organization or community about caring for children with life-threatening food allergies and anaphylaxis. Please take a minute to read: The Role of Pediatricians in School Food Allergy Management.
Here are some links to the best resources for managing food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools and include info for parents, teachers, nurses and administrators:
- FAACT — Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team Schools page
- FARE – Food Allergy Research and Education Schools page
- KFA/AAFE – Kids With Food Allergies School Page
- AllergyHome Schools Page
- Preschool and Daycare Resources
- School Food Allergy Training Resources – training for staff and/or school communities
- School Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis Guidelines – state or district guidelines
- 504 Resources – Disability laws as they pertain to food allergy and anaphylaxis
- Washington State School District Links – find your district info here
USEFUL SCHOOL LINKS
Food-free Rewards and Celebrations
- Some districts reducing food in classroom and limiting food-related celebrations to be more inclusive of all students:
- Allergic Living suggestions for food-free rewards and celebrations by Nicole Smith “Food Free Reward and Celebration Ideas for School.“
- Eat Smart Move More NC Rewards and Incentive sheet.
- Connecticut State Department of Education “Alternatives to Food Rewards: Promoting a Healthy School Environment.”
- Iowa State University Extensions Nonfood Alternatives to Rewards and Fundraising (PDF).
- South Dakota Department of Education The Use of Nonfood Rewards at School
- Benton County Healthy Weight and Lifestyle Coalition Non-food Incentives and Rewards in the Classroom – this creative approach involved a contest with school community members submitting ideas.
- SnackSafely – SnackSafely has developed a safe snack list for use by parents and schools as well as many useful resources for raising awaresness and keeping food allergic students safe at school
Food in Classroom Projects
- AAFA/KFA List of Potential food allergens in Preschool and School Activities
PTA and after-school activities
- Allergy Home’s “Food Allergy Tips for PTA Leaders.“
- Washington State – OSPI School Wellness Manual: “School Wellness Policy Best Practices for Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation- January 2013” – encourages non-food rewards and celebrations and healthy snacks!
- Food Insight – Nutrition and Food Safety – School Food Service Poster
- NEW! School Nutrition Foundation Food Allergy Webinar and Resources – http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=16596
- United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service – Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs – Guidance for School Food Service Staff
FARE’s Be A Pal Brochure
- FARE Kid’s Page and Be a Pal Program and Brochure
- PBS Kids Arthur Family Health Page on Peanut Allergy including the Binky Goes Nuts video and lesson plan.
- AllergyHome.org’s What is a Food Allergy?Kids Awareness Module
- AAAAI Classroom Corner – Back to School Interactive Game
- Anaphylaxis Canada’s Safe Kids Trivia Test – take it together!
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