The Allergy-Safe School

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It's disappointing, to say the least, when the entire class gets a treat and the child who's allergic has to sit out. Because the implications are so serious, some kids need to either carry or store epi-pens, which counteract the effects of an allergic reaction, at school. If this is the case, then teachers, classroom helpers, administrators and cafeteria personnel need to know where the pens are stored, just in case there is a reaction. There are no universal, official laws on the books to protect children with allergies, as there are for children with disabilities, but some allergenic kids may have a 504 plan in place, as a child with disabilities might. Work with your school system if your child suffers from food allergies to ensure that she participates in all class activities safely.