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. 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 physician orders/care plan regarding treatment and care in the event of an exposure. This plan is called an Allergy Emergency Care Plan or ECP. 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 below) 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.
ALLERGY ACTION PLAN - EMERGENCY CARE PLAN Parents/Guardians of students with life threatening food allergies should also contact Bob Clifford who is the Food Service Director regarding special dietary needs and food options in the cafeteria. Child Nutrition Services Robert Clifford, Director
- Phone: 802-879-5544
- Fax: 802-857-7614
- Hours: Monday-Friday, 4:30 am – 1:30 pm
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