If your child has food allergies, it is important to form a partnership with your child’s school to support them. Kids with Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, has ten tips to help parents prepare for the school year with their child with food allergies.
- Communicate with the school.
- Visit your child’s doctor before school starts to get needed forms and supplies.
- Meet with the school nurse or school representative before school starts about policies and procedures.
- Meet with the school/district food services director to learn about meals, policies, and needed forms.
- Turn in all completed and signed forms and prescriptions before the first day of school.
- Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss classroom management of food allergies.
- Teach and encourage your child to build age-appropriate skills to manage food allergies.
- Make sure your child has other items they may need to store at school.
- Work together to form a partnership with your child’s school
- VisitKFA’s School Planning Zonefor additional information on managing food allergies at school.
Read the full article for additional informationon the tips above to ensure your child has a safe and successful year at school. The article also has a free printable and sharable PDF guide with these ten tips.