Adapted from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
Today, one in 13 children has food allergies, and nearly 40 percent of these children have experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction. Many of these reactions happen at school. The La Entrada PTA is a vital part of the school community. As a PTA volunteer, you can be a powerful voice for your children and other children, advocating for their health, safety, education and overall well-being.
Children with food allergies need your support to ensure their safety and inclusion. As you plan your programs/events, please keep in mind that all students in the community should be able to participate safely.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published National Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools, available at www.foodallergy.org/CDC. The recommendations below are a few examples of recommended practice to help ensure students with food allergies are safely included. We encourage you to review the complete list o the CDC’s Recommended Practices, on pages 41-43 of the guidelines.
If you are planning an event that will involve having food available during PTA fundraisers, programs, or events, please abide by the following guidelines:
- Avoid the use of identified allergens in class parties, holidays, celebrations, crafts, snacks or rewards.
- Use non-food incentives for prizes, gifts, awards, and fundraisers.
- When possible, avoid ordering foods from restaurants because food allergens may be present, but unrecognized. Have ingredient information readily available for all pre-packaged and/or catered food items.
- Do not exclude children with food allergies from events or extra-curricular activities
- Have rapid access to epinephrine auto-injectors in cases of emergency (i.e. identify school personnel who are available and trained in managing food allergies)