Food Allergy or Other Life-Threatening Allergy
Food or other life threatening allergies - such as an insect sting - are a serious medical condition. Although, most allergies cause reatively mild and minor symptoms, some allergies can cause severe reactions called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that has a rapid onset and may be life threatening.
The best treatment starts with complete information. We ask all caregivers to provide this information for students with allergies.
Please contact the Health Office with any questions, at (802) 857-7788.
What Parents/Guardians Need to Do
1. Every Year, Outline Your Emergency Care Plan (ECP)
Such a plan is called an Allergy Emergency Care Plan or ECP. You are welcome to use the American Academy of Pediatrics Emergency Plan form here (opens in a new window. Must download it to customize.)
The ECP should be written/signed by the student's doctor and signed by the parents/guardians. An ECP is needed every school year. The ECP (like the one linked above) should include:
- Information about the allergen (food, drug or insect sting), including a written diagnosis from the student's doctor or allergist
- Information about signs and symptoms of the student's possible reactions to known allergens.
- Information about the possible severity of reactions, including any history of prior anaphylaxis
- A treatment plan for responding to an allergy reaction or emergency, including whether an epinephrine auto-injector should be used.
- Information about other conditions, such as asthma or exercise-induced anaphylaxis that might affect the allergy management.
- Contact information for parents and doctors, including alternate phone numbers for notification in case of emergency.
2. File the ECP with the EHS Health Office
Parents/Guardians must notify the Health Office of all existing life threatening allergic reactions and for any changes in allergy status or treatment. Please provide any other physician orders/care plan regarding treatment and care in the event of an exposure.
3. Contact Child Nutrition Services if it's a Food Allergy
Parents/Guardians of students with life threatening food allergies (see EWSD Allergens List) should also contact Scott Fay who is the Food Service Director regarding special dietary needs and food options in the cafeteria.
Child Nutrition Services Scott Fay, Director
- Phone: 802-857-7333
- Fax: 802-857-7614
- Hours: Monday-Friday, 4:30 am – 1:30 pm