Food Allergy Guidelines Implemented at Clawson School District

By Allergy News
In News
Feb 20th, 2015

daily tribuneBecause many have been affected by the food allergy, school districts have taken measures to fight and avoid it. Children are particularly having a hard time dealing with such allergies especially if there is not much food to choose from in the cafeteria. All the risks have to be taken into consideration before pushing through with the implementation of the food allergy guidelines.

The Clawson Board of Education is once again focusing its attention on food allergies within its student body. Special guest Gina Clowes, director of education for the non-profit group named Food Allergy Research and Education, talked to the board members, faculty, as well as Superintendent Monique Beels about the Clawson Schools’ policies and procedures for working with the families of students suffering from food allergies.

Dealing with such allergies can be terrifying not only in the physical aspect but also in the emotional one.

To date, there is one in 13 children (5.9 million nationwide) has at least one food allergy. About 40% of them have experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction. There is also that 15% of school-aged children suffering from food allergies that have reacted in school usually in classroom parties or even in field trips.

Because of this, the food allergy guidelines will be implemented. One of the sections included are having an overall management and emergency care plan for each child at risk for anaphylaxis.

The presentation opened up to questions as well as discussions raising several points and considerations. Among them are having an expanded safety training to include cafeteria staff, expanded training for EpiPen administration, as well as expanded health and safety guidelines for athletic events and field trips.

The school district has already started taking measures in implementing such guidelines primarily with the welfare of the children in mind. No one wants to see these children suffer so it is up to the school districts to make sure that each students gets ample and utmost care whenever needed.

Food allergies are most likely going to stay for a long time. For the time being, it is the role of the adults to help the little ones enjoy life despite these hurdles. No child wants to live a life in the shadow of their food allergies because this is something not right. It is also best to understand that these children would be depending on their supervisors when it comes to their safety whenever they are inside the school premises.

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