School Preparedness for Students with Severe Food Allergies
School Preparedness for Students with Severe Food Allergies Nuts, Dairy, Gluten, Soy… any commonality? Yes! All are allergens! Allergy or Intolerance? Symptoms are common for both. 6 - 8% of elementary students are affected 18% Increase in past decadein cases
Problem statement Due to the rise of food allergies – severe or otherwise – in young children, it is imperative that elementary schools protect their students’ health.
How does this affect them? According to recent studies: Rise in food allergy related bullying at schools 34% of parents say school attendance has been affected by the allergy 25% of first time reactions occur in schools
Research Purpose The goal of this research is to understand what makes a school’s food allergy preparation plan successful in ensuring student safety.
Significance of the Study This study is important because… For parents, to provide them with an insight into school safety measures to assure their child is not exposed to allergens; For schools, to raise awareness of practices and policies for the treatment of students with food allergies.
Most schools do not enact the FAAN recommended plan
More needs to be done to educate parents, teachers, staff and students
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