Food Allergy Quick Guide

For Parents

Parents' Responsibility

  1. Notify the school principal and nurse of the child’s allergies in writing at the beginning of the school year or at the time of first diagnosis. Please refer to the Food-Induced Anaphylaxis Policy.
  2. Work with the school team to develop a plan that accommodates the child’s needs throughout the school including in the classroom, in the cafeteria, in after-care programs, during school-sponsored activities and school trips, and on the school bus, as well as a Food Allergy Action Plan.
  3. Provide written medical documentation, instructions, and medications as directed by a physician at the beginning of the school year, using the Food Allergy Action Plan as a guide. Include as many photos of your child as requested by the school.
  4. Provide properly labeled medications and replace medications after use or upon expiration.
  5. Educate the child in the self-management of their food allergy including:
    • safe and unsafe foods
    • strategies for avoiding exposure to unsafe foods
    • symptoms of allergic reactions
    • how and when to tell an adult they may be having an allergy-related problem
    • how to read food labels (age appropriate)
  6. Students who have written approval from their parent/guardian, personal physician, and school nurse to carry lifesaving medication should understand the following responsibilities:
    • En EpiPen is an emergency medication and as such if it is used, the student must notify an adult immediately after use for proper medical follow up and restocking.
    • An EpiPen is not for sharing or for other students to handle. 
    • Medications must not be left unattended for any reason and if missing, school staff must be notified immediately.
  7. Review policies/procedures with the school staff, the child’s physician, and the child (if age appropriate) after a reaction has occurred. Continue ongoing communication with the school.
  8. Provide emergency contact information.
  9. If necessary, discuss special transportation requests by contacting the Transportation Office.
  10. The Great Neck School District is NOT peanut-free. Please refer to the lunch menus and snack items here.
  11. Stay on the alert for prevention with quick identification. Parents may consider purchasing Medical Alert/Allergy ID Bracelets for their child. These bracelets serve as a proactive part of the safety checklist to identify child who has severe food allergies especially for the newly diagnosed. In case of a reaction where a child's mouth swells quickly from accidental ingestion of a food allergen and he/she can't speak clearly, time is saved by looking at the bracelet. Many can be found at online sellers. 

Students' Responsibility (click here)

Parent Recommended Non-Food Classroom Birthday Celebrations to Maintain a Safe and Inclusive Environment for All Students

  • Literacy Club: Read and explore a book with the class, sign and donate it to the classroom library/school library, or gift a book to a birthday child signed by all his/her classmates.
  • Arts & Craft Activity (eg. use recycling items, art/craft supplies) in consultation with the teacher. The teacher may suggest activities parents and children can select from.
  • A gift(s) made/created by the students for a birthday child (eg. a hand-made oversized birthday card signed by all the classmates, or a project that can be personalized for a birthday child).
  • Invite a special guest to the classroom: grandparents, a special friend or family member who can play a musical instrument, dance, and/or sing with the kids.
  • National Geographic Little Kids magazine subscription for one year (6 issues for $15) appropriate for ages 3-6 to be donated to the classroom.
  • National Geographic Kids magazine subscription for one year (10 issues for $15) appropriate for ages 6-14 to be donated to the classroom.
  • National Wildlife Federation offers three magazines for children ages 4-14 (10 issues for $19.95). “Your Big Backyard” is for ages 4-7; “Ranger Rick” for ages 7-14; “Just Fun” for ages 7-14. These are award-winning magazines that are filled with amazing photography, fascinating stories, fun activities and more.