At School, Camp or Daycare
Classrooms, camps and daycare centers are common sites of severe, life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), so it’s important that your child is prepared should one occur. In particular, managing food allergies in schools, at camp and in daycare centers can be challenging. But through education, communication and cooperation, anaphylaxis can be minimized in these settings. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. FARE makes resources available to parents, school administrators, teachers, school nurses, food service staff and camp staff, such as lunch suggestions and cleaning methods, to help keep kids with food allergies safe.
Requesting a 504 Plan
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) are major pieces of federal legislation designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Under Section 504 and the ADA, a disability is an impairment that limits a major life activity — and that includes eating.
If your child’s school lacks a comprehensive policy on anaphylaxis and you want to document how teachers and other staff will need to accommodate your son or daughter, you may want to request a 504 plan.
Developed by the school in collaboration with you and your child, the plan will detail your child’s medical needs and the precautions that must be taken to keep him/her safe. It may also address the way snacks should be served and stored, how often your child should wash his/her hands, how the classroom should be cleaned and other issues.
Before creating a 504 plan for your child, school administrators may request medical documentation from an allergist or pediatrician.