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association. Often, students with allergies
qualify for accommodations under Section
504 of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Apart from state laws, multiple resources
help districts develop their own strategies.
In 2013 the CDC published "Voluntary
Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies
in Schools and Early Care and Education
Programs" in collaboration with FARE, the
National Association of School Nurses and
several government agencies.
The 100-page document includes stepby-step instructions on how district leaders
can create or improve food allergy plans.
Also in 2013, President Barack Obama
signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act.
The law provides preferential funding for
asthma grants to influence states to require
that districts stock epinephrine and train
staff to administer it.
A priority, however, should be to prevent
anaphylactic episodes from occurring in the
first place, Mattey says. With strong policies
and well-implemented procedures-similar

to those established by Deerfield-district
leaders are working hard to minimize risk.

Keep food in the cafeteria
In 2014, Clark County School District in
Nevada-working with FARE and its own
health and transportation departments-released a comprehensive manual for all staff
and faculty members, says Lynn Row, the
district's director of health services.
Clark County schools, with over 320,000
students in 356 schools, outlined procedures
and guidelines on topics such as:
* recognizing common signs of anaphylaxis, including difficulty breathing, hives
and stomach cramps
* choosing field trips that limit exposure
to allergens and identifying a chaperone responsible for a student's welfare
* cleaning tables with school-approved
products and designating cleaning equipment for use only with allergen-safe tables
The manual includes extensive checklists
for school personnel so, for example, custodians know how to properly wipe down
computer keyboards that are used by stu-

EpiPens for schools
Recent headlines about the steeply
rising price of EpiPens have
created an uproar among parents of
children with severe allergies.
But many schools can get the
devices for free from Mylan's
EpiPen4Schools program.
The initiative, created in 2012,
provides four free EpiPens to
schools in states with epinephrine
laws and a valid school prescription
for epinephrine.
Schools can apply at
www.epipen4schools.com.

dents with allergies, bus drivers keep their
vehicles food-free, and teachers initiate an
emergency response in case of a reaction.

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