January 13, 2012

Release of a Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Food Allergies

National School Boards Association

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the release of “Safe at School and Ready to Learn: a Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies.”

This new guide is designed to help school leaders and schools establish comprehensive policies and practices that support the safety, well-being, and academic success of students with life-threatening food allergies. In addition to providing relevant data related to food allergy in schools, the publication focuses on the need for schools to partner with families and healthcare providers in identifying and preparing management plans for students with food allergies.  Further, it provides information on following medication protocols; establishing a coordinated system to prevent and respond to food allergy-related emergencies across the school environment; communicating with and educating parents, students, and school personnel; and monitoring and evaluating policies and practices.

The guide also includes a checklist to assess the extent to which the guide’s components are included in a school’s food allergy policies and practices; sample state and local education policies; a glossary of commonly used terms; and a list of resources related to food allergies.

The publication is available for download through NSBA’s food allergy webpage at www.nsba.org/foodallergy.  The webpage includes other useful resources such as a PowerPoint presentation targeted to school board members and administrators that can be used as is or adapted to help bring attention to and manage food allergies in schools. For further information on the food allergy policy guide, please email schoolhealth@nsba.org