Today marks a milestone for the food allergy community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Car...
|Scooped by Karla Luetzow|
This website showcases the new guideline by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention called the “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs.” This guide was established under the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management Act in 2011. This document informs about the physical and emotional health of children with food allergies. This is the first comprehensive national guideline for school food allergy management.
I chose to scoop this topic on allergies due to a recent event while mentoring a fourth grader. One of my mentees told me she was allergic to peanuts after I gave her the snack of day, a peanut granola bar. I was surprised my program did not do a background check on allergies.
I also remembered some EDCI280 students mentioning different allergy rules at their different schools. I was not aware of any universal guidelines for allergies in public schools. Therefore, I found it very interesting that the first universal guideline is only a couple years old.
In almost every grade, at least one student has a severe allergy. As future teachers, I believe it is important for us to know how to “reduce allergic reactions, improve response to life-threatening reactions and ensure current policies are in line with laws that protect children with serious health issues.” At this point, I do not believe there was any training for this at my EDCI280 school. Since this is just a universal guideline, all schools do not need to abide by it. However, I think it should be required for teachers to learn about severe allergic reactions as a health precaution. For example, training to use an epipen was taught to my ninth grade health class. This simple procedure could easily be taught to teachers and students at an elementary level. Overall, I believe students with allergies should be welcomed and feel safe in the classroom. In order to guarantee this, teachers should read guidelines on managing food allergies in the classroom.