with Life Threatening Allergies
In order to minimize the incidence of life threatening allergic
reactions, the Belmont Public Schools (BPS) will do the following:
Request information from parents re: life threatening
- Ask parent about history of past reactions, interventions
- Provide parent with cover letter and Emergency Health Care
Plan to be completed with health care provider, preferably an
Implement an Individualized Health Care Plan
(IHCP) for each student.
- Identify student to his or her teachers and cafeteria staff
- Discuss allergens and possible student specific symptoms.
- Review emergency response in the event of a reaction.
Send letter home to classroom parents, grades
K-4, that requests foods sent in for snack or breakfasts avoid
containing the stated allergen(s).
- All foods sent in for sharing must be prepackaged and unopened
with an intact ingredient label.
Schools will encourage parents and teachers
to have “food free” school parties and celebrations.
Birthdays will not be celebrated with food.
Provide an allergen free table in the cafeteria
Nurses will maintain a red Life Threatening
Allergy binder on desk which will contain Emergency Health Care
Plans for all identified students for whom parents have provided
- Emergency Health Care Plans will be updated annually and as
information changes. Copies of this plan may be located in the
classroom, in the substitute folder and in the cafeteria (when
- The Emergency Health Care Plan, contained in the Substitute
Teacher folder, will be identified on the outside of the folder
with a special alert.
- Substitute teachers will be asked to check in with the school
nurse, prior to the start of the school day, to review this
In September, nurses attend a faculty meeting
to provide staff with information including a presentation regarding:
- the most common allergens that cause life threatening allergies
such as foods, medications, latex and stinging insects
- how to recognize symptoms of an allergic reaction
- the emergency response in the event of an allergic reaction
Staff training in administration of EpiPen
is offered according to Department of Public Health guidelines
for all Belmont Public School employees who come in contact with
the identified student. Nurses will determine who will be designated
to administer EpiPen in his / her absence.
- EpiPens (belonging to the school and those prescribed to the
student) will be available in the nurse’s office and other
clearly designated locations as specified in the IHP.
- Parents will monitor the expiration date on their child’s
EpiPen and replace it as needed.
- Staff will be informed of the location of the EpiPens.
Review / update training for staff in January.
Email reminders to staff re: food allergies
and risk for anaphylaxis at high risk times of year. i.e. Halloween,
winter holidays; Easter; end of year celebrations
Field Trip procedure (student packet includes
EHCP; EPI PEN; laminated card with 911 instructions.)
- Instruct parent to contact school nurse when they sign a permission
form for trip/event.
- Identify staff person responsible for administering Epi Pen
in the event of an allergic reaction.
- Insure that a communication device is available to the identified
- Locate nearest emergency response unit to field trip site
and provide telephone number to that unit.
- Teachers will discourage students from eating foods on the
bus unless medically indicated.
School bus drivers will be notified of the student(s)
who have life threatening allergies, by parents, if they wish
the driver to be informed.
Telephone procedure - laminated cards in office(s)/nurse’s
clinic “Emergency Allergy Procedure”
Assist parents in reading food labels and encourage
communication with Belmont food service.
Parents are reminded (in writing) to share information
with coaches, KED, before and after school programs.
End of year request for update/ review of EHCP
The schools will work with food allergic students
and parents to address the student’s social and emotional
needs, as well as provide for their health and safety.
Reviewed August 2011