What to do if your student has severe allergies
Many students have mild allergies, such as springtime reactions to tree and grass pollen that cause itchy, watery eyes and runny noses. These types of mild allergies are not life threatening. Some allergens can be serious and cause abnormal reactions of the body, which can be potentially life-threatening. These should to be reported to your school nurse.
If your student has a severe allergy that is potentially life-threatening, you need to inform the school where your child attends and report it on the health inventory form as well. Severe allergies are considered serious abnormal reactions of the body, which are potentially life-threatening. Schools need documentation of these health conditions and necessary treatment in order to effectively care for your student.
What you need to report
Severe allergies that must be reported include life-threatening reactions to:
· Nuts (i.e., peanuts)
Reporting severe allergies
If your student has a life-threatening allergy, you must complete the allergy health care plan in cooperation with the student’s health care provider and school nurse. Your child’s school nurse will work with students, parents and health care providers to develop the plan.
You must provide a meals accommodation form completed and signed by a medical provider.
The authorization to administer epinephrine form must also be completed if the student needs an EpiPen at school by a medical provider.
When the allergy affects what your child can eat
If your child has special dietary needs due to their allergy, you may request accommodations from nutrition services.