Food Allergies

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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.

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.

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 October 03, 2013