Educator Allergy Info Center

Food Allergy Info Center for Educators

In addition to teaching and preparing our children for adult life, educators have the additional challenge of keeping students with food allergies safe at school. This can be an intimidating and time-consuming task.

Selectivor is here to help.

We organized in one convenient place all the essential information educators need to prepare themselves, their students and parents for food allergies. Here you’ll find practical information and downloadable resources that will hopefully make that important job easier and less stressful.

If you’re not sure where to start, we created the “8 Step Roadmap for Educators” to save you time. This will help you to easily establish a safer classroom environment for students with food allergies. Simply follow the steps with the appropriate links and you’ll be on your way!

8-Step Roadmap for Educators

  1. Determine which student(s) in your classroom have food allergies
  2. Send the following forms to the parents of affected student(s):

NOTE: This checklist is included in the Master Checklist.

  1. Check the following for allergens:
    • Hand soaps and lotions
    • Art & crafts supplies
    • Science materials
    • Cleaning materials
    • Games
    • Other classroom supplies
  2. Remove any recycled food containers/craft materials:
    • Egg cartons (egg)
    • Milk cartons (dairy)
    • Cereal boxes (wheat/gluten)
    • Macaroni/pasta (egg, wheat/gluten)
    • Bird seed (tree nut, peanut, wheat/gluten)
    • Other classroom materials
  3. Clean counters, desktops and chairs thoroughly
  4. Ensure an easily accessible location for epi-pen
  5. Store ECP in an easily accessible location
  6. Implement Classroom Food Allergy Safety Rules:
    • No food sharing
    • No ordering food from outside restaurants/vendors
    • Hand-washing before and after eating (no hand sanitizer)
    • Area cleaning before and after eating
    • Store student lunchboxes separately
    • Food allergy friendly seating
  1. Schedule meetings with parents of affected children
  2. During the meeting:
  1. Copy and distribute the completed Student Food Allergy Profile (SFAP) to other personnel interacting with student (substitute teachers, special subject teachers, etc.)
  1. Show “How To Keep Our Classroom Safe From Food Allergies” video
    • We created a mini-lesson for your class on food allergies. The lesson covers the following educational objectives: What is a food allergy? What foods commonly cause food allergies? What are the symptoms of a food allergy? When should I tell an adult about symptoms or an exposure? How can I help make the classroom safe for others with food allergy?
    • It’s fun, informative and under 4 minutes!
  2. Review and discuss students’ roles and duties
  1. Keep information stored and organized in a safe place for future years
  2. Send follow up email to the parents of student(s) with food allergies:
    • Review information discussed at the parent/teacher meeting
    • Confirm that information of each child has been included
    • Establish an open line of communication

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Links to Additional Resources