According to SB 869, all districts are required to post a summary of the Texas Department of State Health Services publication Guidelines for the Care of Students with Food Allergies At-Risk for Anaphylaxis.
A food allergy is defined as an abnormal response to food which is triggered by the immune system. Symptoms and severity of allergic reactions to food vary from person to person.
As children spend a good portion of their day in schools, the likelihood of a reaction occurring at school is high. Effective management of students with known allergies is crucial to the safety of these students. Additionally, 25% of anaphylactic reactions within schools have occurred in individuals with no prior diagnoses of a food allergy; thus, the recognition of food allergy/anaphylactic symptoms and knowing how to respond is crucial to keeping all students, and staff, safe.
Through a collaboration of parents, students, school staff, and healthcare professionals, school staff will be able to effectively care for students through a five-step plan:
- Identifying Students with food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.
- Development, Communications, Implementation, and Monitoring of Food Allergy Action Plans, Emergency Care Plans, Individualized Health Care Plans, and/or 504 PLans
- Reducing Risk of Exposure within the School Setting
- Training for School Staff on Recognition of Anaphylaxis and Appropriate Emergency Response
- Post Anaphylaxis Reaction Review of Policy and Procedures
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's campus nurse.
- Krum Early Education Center Nurse Erin Quy: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hattie Dyer Elementary Nurse Dana Craddock: email@example.com
- Blanche Dodd Elementary Nurse Sally Bridges: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Krum Middle School Nurse Kacie Warnasch: email@example.com
- Krum High School Nurse Dixie Knight: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full publication is available via the PDF document below.