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Staff Training: Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis in School – What School Staff Need to KnowStaff Training: Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis in School – What School Staff Need to Know

This 30 minute module is designed to assist the school nurse in staff training of management of life-threatening allergic reactions and increase food allergy awareness for all school staff including teachers, food service personnel, administrators, aides, specialists, coaches, bus drivers, custodians and others.


Only staff that directly work with students need to be trained.



“Any staff member who might interact with children with food allergies or be asked to help respond to a food allergy emergency should be trained.”- CDC



“Administrators, nutrition and food service staff (including contract staff), classroom and specialty teachers, athletic coaches, school counselors, bus drivers, custodial and maintenance staff, therapists, para-educators, special education service providers, librarians and media specialists, security staff, substitute teachers, and volunteers such as playground monitors and field trip chaperones.” – CDC

The CDC Voluntary Guidelines suggests that training should include the following:

  • School policies and practices
  • Food allergy overview and definitions
  • Difference between potentially life-threatening food allergy and other food-related problems
  • Signs and symptoms of allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
  • Information on emergency medication
  • Prevention strategies for reducing and preventing exposure to allergens (in food and nonfood items)
  • Policies on bullying and harassment
  • The school’s emergency protocol





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