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Food Allergy Guidelines

Suggested Guidelines /Accommodations for Students with Food Allergies

  • Parents will provide all medications which will be administered according to GVSD medication policy guidelines (per school handbook).
  • A “no sharing and no trading” food policy at lunch and snack time will be encouraged.
  • Parents will provide all safe snacks and lunches for their child.
  • The student will be permitted and encouraged to have a snack brought in from home instead of a community snack on occasions when the class is sharing food.
  • Substitute teachers will be made aware of student’s allergy by their regular subject teachers.
  • Elementary classroom will be maintained and designated as “Peanut Free” or "Nut Free"; teacher will endeavor to ensure food and snacks brought into the classroom are” Peanut/Nut Free” as are all lessons and student activities.
  • The student will be permitted to choose seating, so as not to be sitting next to or across from a student who is consuming a peanut/nut/ product.
  • Cafeteria tables will be wiped down prior to each lunch period.
  • A cafeteria table will be designated “Peanut Free”.
  • Teachers will provide a letter to go home with all students regarding a student’s peanut/nut allergy and the need to keep the environment peanut/nut free.
  • School staff will be notified of student’s Food allergy at the beginning of the school year, by his/her parents and the school nurse.
  • Cafeteria staff will be notified of the student’s Food allergy.
  • Staff will be educated on signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction and emergency procedures to follow in the event of a reaction.
  • Teachers will demonstrate the use of the Epi-Pen (via Epi-Pen trainer) with the nurse prior to going field trip
  • Parents should complete an inpidual Food Allergy Action Plan (downloadable at
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