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Glenbard Township High School District 87
Policy 7:285

Students

ALLERGY POLICY

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening medical condition occurring in allergic individuals after exposure to specific allergens. Anaphylaxis refers to a collection of symptoms affecting multiple systems in the body, the most dangerous of which are breathing difficulties and a drop in blood pressure or shock.

A written Health Plan/Section 504 Plan will be developed for all identified students having severe allergies to food or other substances. This Plan will address all aspects of the school environment that impact the student and will be shared with School District personnel on a need-to-know basis in the discretion of the School District’s Administration.

Parents and students are responsible for informing School District personnel regarding a student’s allergies prior to the start of school (or immediately after a diagnosis) and any ensuing changes in the student’s allergy status. Parents are responsible for providing the School District with up-to-date emergency medications (including epinephrine auto-injectors) to be placed in a designated location(s) and/or to be carried by the student, if appropriate. (See 7:270 E1, School Medication Authorization Form.)

Parents are specifically responsible for teaching their children to:

1. Take responsibility for avoiding allergens.
2. Recognize the first symptoms of an allergic/anaphylactic reaction.
3. Promptly inform an adult as soon as exposure to an allergen or symptoms appear.
4. Know where a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector is located at all times.
5. Carry and administer a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector, if appropriate.

Once informed of a student’s allergy, the School District will take all reasonable steps to minimize the student’s exposure to the identified allergen. The School District will provide training to necessary staff members concerning allergy response.

Food Allergy Management Program

School attendance may increase a student's risk of exposure to allergens that could trigger a food-allergic reaction.  A food allergy is an adverse reaction to a food protein mediated by the immune system which immediately reacts causing the release of histamine and other inflammatory chemicals and mediators.  While it is not possible for the District to completely eliminate the risks of exposure to allergens when a student is at school, a Food Allergy Management Program using a cooperative effort among students' families, staff members, and students helps the District reduce these risks and provide accommodations and proper treatment for allergic reactions.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a Food Allergy Management Program that:

1. Fully implements the following goals established in The School Code: (a) identifying students with food allergies, (b) preventing exposure to known allergens, (c) responding to allergic reactions with prompt recognition of symptoms and treatment, and (d) educating and training all staff about management of students with food allergies, including administration of medication with an auto-injector, and providing an in-service training program for staff who work with students that is conducted by a person with expertise in anaphylactic reactions and management.

2.  Follows and references the applicable best practices specific to the District's needs in the joint State Board of Education and Ill. Dept. of Public Health publication Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools, available at:


Complies with State and federal law and is in alignment with Board policies

LEGAL REF.:  105 ILCS 5/2-3.149 and 5/10-22.39.
                       Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools (Guidelines), jointly published by the State Board
                       of Education and Ill. Dept. of Public Health.

CROSS REF.:  4:110 (Transportation), 4:120 (Food Services), 4:170 (Safety), 5:100 (Staff Development Program, 6:120 (Education of Children with Disabilities), 6:240 (Field Trips), 7:180 (Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment), 7:250 (Students Support Services), 7:270 (Administering Medicines to Students), 8:100 (Relations with Other Organizations and Agencies)


REVIEWED:  April 9, 2007

ADOPTED:   May 22, 2007

REVIEWED: October 25, 2010

REVISED:    December 13, 2010