Student Food Allergy Guidelines Issued
The Texas Department of State Health Services last month released its final guidelines (doc) regarding students with food allergies who are at risk for anaphylaxis.
Senate Bill 27 (82nd Legislative Session) requires all school boards and the governing bodies of open-enrollment charter schools to adopt and administer a policy for the care of students with diagnosed food allergy at risk for anaphylaxis. This must be done by August 1, 2012.
Districts that have already implemented an allergy policy before the development of the DSHS guidelines must ensure that it is consistent with the new DSHS guidelines.
The guideline document is intended to serve as a reference and illustrative guide for local school boards to use in creating and implementing school district policies and administrative regulations regarding students with severe food allergies and includes sample:
The document also includes the National School Boards Association allergy checklist and a sample training agendas/Epinephrine administration checklist.
TASB Policy Service has already produced a sample school district policy that satisfies the new requirements.
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