Food Allergies

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Call for Nominations
Deadline: February 26, 2016

The commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requests your assistance in identifying applicants for membership on the DSHS Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee.  The purpose of this committee is to examine and review the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to a person experiencing an anaphylactic reaction on a campus of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school.

There are four unique categories requiring appointment with a total of ten vacancies.

  • Physicians (7 vacancies)
  • School Registered Nurse from Rural District (1 vacancy)
  • School Registered Nurse from Urban District (1 vacancy)
  • Emergency Medical Services Physician (1 vacancy)

Click on the following links to bring up the information you will need to apply:

Completed applications, including two letters of recommendation, should be submitted by close of business Friday, February 26, 2016. See general instructions for more information.

 

Background

In response to the increase in students with diagnosed food allergies at-risk for anaphylaxis, two bills were passed into law during the 2011, 82nd Legislative Session and one bill passed into law during the 2015, 84th Legislative Session.

The first bill amends Chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code by adding Section 25.0022. This section requires a parent or legal guardian disclose, at the request of the school, whether the child has a food allergy.

The second bill amends Chapter 38 of the Texas Education Code by adding Section 38.0151. This section requires the Board of Trustees of each school district and the governing body of open-enrollment charter schools to adopt and administer a policy for the care of students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.

The third bill requires the establishment of a state-wide committee to examine and review the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to a person experiencing an anaphylactic reaction on a campus of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school. The committee is tasked with advising the commissioner regarding 1) epinephrine storage and maintenance, 2) training of school personnel on epinephrine administration, and 3) a plan for trained school personnel to be on each campus. Additional information about this committee may be found within Senate Bill 66.

Guidelines for the Care of Students with Food Allergies At-Risk for Anaphylaxis

The Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in consultation with the SB 27-Ad-Hoc Committee developed the following guidelines for use by local Boards of Trustees of school districts and governing bodies of open-enrollment charter schools. These guidelines and sample documents are meant to serve merely as a reference (and illustrative) guide and are intended to assist a district in developing and administering a policy for the care of students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.

Sample Trainings (under construction)

Samples of trainings based on the guidelines, to provide all school staff and volunteers the knowledge and skills to identify children with a possible allergic reaction to food, to begin implementation of a child’s Emergency Action Plan, administer epinephrine by auto-injector and to notify EMS.

Sample Policy (under construction)

A sample policy developed by the Texas Association of School Boards, based on the Guidelines and adopted by most schools.

Administrative Regulations (under construction)

Sample procedures school districts may follow in order to implement the Guidelines.

Resources 

Organizations and groups to support you in the administration of the Guidelines.

 

Students with food allergies at-risk for anaphylaxis emergency care plan for the school.
Emergency Care Plan - writeable
Emergency Care Plan - printable

Last updated January 26, 2016