The back-to-school season is a busy time for all parents, but especially for parents of children with food allergies. Thankfully, there are many resources online to help parents prepare for a new school year for their children with food allergies. Sifting through the many resources available, however, can be overwhelming. We’ve created this list of the top 10 free resources you need to read, print, fill out or bookmark to use this school year:
- Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
FARE’s Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan describes the symptoms of an allergic reaction and outlines recommended treatment, is signed by a physician and includes emergency contact information. This document should be on file for every student with food allergy and is available in English and Spanish.
- What Every Parent Must Know About Managing Food Allergies at School
In this webinar, Gina Clowes, FARE’s National Director of Training and Outreach, shares the must-know facts for establishing a safe and inclusive school environment.
- Keeping Children with Food Allergies Safe at School
A one-page download of important recommendations from the national guidelines published in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- CDC Recommended Practices
The CDC Guidelines seek to protect the physical and emotional health of students with food allergies by providing practical information and strategies for schools while reinforcing federal laws and regulations. This webpage includes links to view the guidelines and a toolkit for implementation in schools.
- How a Child Might Describe a Reaction
Precious time is lost when adults do not immediately recognize that a reaction is occurring or don’t understand what a child is telling them. This webpage and one-page download gives examples of the words a child might use to describe a reaction.
- Letter from FARE to School Leaders
This letter can be printed or sent to school administrators to help explain the CDC Guidelines and provide examples of accommodations for students with food allergies.
- Section 504 & Written Plans
FARE recommends that parents of children with food allergies create, in collaboration with their school, a written food allergy management plan. This page explains the federal civil rights law related to providing accommodations for students, and how to begin the process of creating a plan for your child.
- Protecting Students with Disability (OCR FAQ’s)
This document contains frequently asked questions about Section 504 and the education of children with disabilities.
- What PTO’s and PTA’s Need to Know
This one page document includes important information about food allergies that will help educate your PTO and PTA.
- FARE’s Back-to-School Headquarters
These resources and many others designed for parents, college students, schools nurses, teachers, and school administrators, can be found at FARE’s Back-to-School Headquarters. These resources include downloads, infographics, webinars, and training presentations which cover everything from Section 504 plans and disability accommodations to bullying prevention and other situations at school and much more.
Special thanks to Enjoy Life Foods and Nice ‘N CLEAN for supporting our Back to School Safely campaign.