• "Educate not Eliminate"

    Salem Drive School is aware that food allergies can be a life threatening medical condition. Severe food allergies affect about 2 million school-age children across the country.  Avoidance and education about food allergies is the key to minimizing risk of allergic reactions in schools. In order to make a lifelong impact on allergy management, we strive to "Educate not Eliminate". In a concerted effort to educate all school personnel, students, and parents about students with severe food allergies, Salem Drive School has developed a comprehensive plan and is self-designating our school as Food Allergy Aware.

    Our Food Allergy Aware School plan:

    • Severe food allergies are defined as an allergy which is life threatening and there is a documented possibility of an an anaphylactic/life threatening reaction.
    • Written plan to address severe food allergies is in place.
    • Parents are notified at registration about our Food Allergy Aware program.
    • Avoidance practices are instituted and revised based on the individual needs of each student.
    • Parent and school work together to develop an Emergency Care Plan (ECP) and Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP) as appropriate and based on the documented medical needs of the student.
    • Staff, students, and parents are educated about food allergy awareness.
    • Food Allergy alert signs posted in designated areas.
    • A team of staff members is designated to respond to an anaphylactic/life threatening reaction.
    • School stock emergency Epinephrine Auto-Injectors are located in a central accessible location to staff.
    • Student individual Epinephrine Auto-Injectors are located with one in the classroom and one in the cafeteria along with their ECP & IHCP.
    • Students are not excluded from school activities solely based on a severe food allergy.
    • Classroom food celebrations are kept at a minimun and are avoided for any birthday celebration. Unplanned food celebrations are not permitted. 

    Parent Responsibilities

    • Provide the school with requested documentation by a physician about the child's severe food allergies at enrollment and update each school year and more often as needed (Includes medication permission, emergency action plan, allergy testing, and/or doctor recommendations).
    • Provide necessary emergency medication(s)prior to starting school-according to school medication policy.
    • Participate in meetings and communicate with the school in developing an individualized health plan and emergency action plan as appropriate.
    • Provide parent contact numbers and at least 2 local emergency contacts at all times.
    • Parents provide the health office with a few safe snacks to keep on hand.
    • Teach your child to use avoidance practices, recognize symptoms of an allergic reaction,and how to communicate this clearly to an adult.
    • Report any allergic reactions outside of the school environment to the school nurse as soon as possible.