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Allergy Awareness

Wachusett Regional School District Allergy Awareness Protocol
BACKGROUND

- Allergic food and environmental reactions can span a wide range of severity of symptoms.  The most severe and potentially life-threatening reaction is anaphylaxis. 

- Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening medical condition occurring in allergic individuals after exposure to their specific allergen.  Anaphylaxis refers to a collection of symptoms affecting multiple body systems, some of which are potentially fatal.  The most common causes of anaphylaxis in children includes allergies to food; most commonly peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, dairy products, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.  Other causes of anaphylaxis include stinging insects, medication, latex and unknown etiologies.

PURPOSE and GOALS


- The Wachusett Regional School District cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment for all students with LTAs.  Our goal is to minimize the risk of exposure to food allergens that pose a threat to those students, educate the community, and maintain and regularly update a system-wide protocol for responding to their needs, and provide necessary accommodations. 

- These guidelines assume that managing life threatening allergies in the
schools is a shared responsibility among students, parents, principals,
teachers, custodians, school staff, transportation staff, and health care
professionals. 

-Creating adequate plans and producing staff who are knowledgeable

regarding preventive measures and are well prepared to handle severe
allergic reactions and can save the life of a child.


Forms - Emergency Health Care Plan Template 1
Emergency Health Care Plan Template 2
Transportation Form
Extra Curricular Activity Form

Meal Modification Forms