The purpose of this policy is to create an organized system for preventing and responding to allergic
reactions. This policy is not a guarantee of an allergen-free environment; instead, it is designed to
increase awareness, provide education and training, reduce the chance of exposure and outline
responses to allergic reactions. The best form of prevention for life-threatening allergies is
avoidance of the allergen.
This policy applies to district facilities to which students have access, including transportation
provided by the district. The Board instructs the superintendent or designee to have procedures in
place to implement this policy.
At enrollment, the person enrolling the student will be asked to provide information on any allergies
the student may have. In addition, parents/guardians are encouraged to notify the school nurse of
any allergy developed by their student.
Students with allergies that rise to the level of a disability as defined by the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 will have their disability addressed in accordance
with IDEA, Section 504, and district policies and procedures. An individualized health plan (IHP),
including an emergency action plan (EAP), may be developed for students with allergies that do not
rise to the level of a disability under IDEA or Section 504.
Staff members are required to follow the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504
plan of students with disabilities. Staff members are also expected to follow the IHP/EAP developed
for individual students by the district. Staff members who fail to abide by this paragraph may be
disciplined, and such discipline may include termination.
The use of air fresheners, oils, candles or other such items intended to add fragrance is discouraged
in any district facility regularly accessible by students. This provision will not be construed to
prohibit the use of personal care items that contain added fragrance, but the principal may require
staff members to refrain from the use of personal care items with added fragrance under particular
circumstances. Staff members are discouraged from using cleaning materials, disinfectants,
pesticides or other chemicals except those provided by the district.
The district will not serve any processed foods, including foods sold in vending machines, that are
not labeled with a complete list of ingredients. Vended items must include a list of ingredients on
the individual package. The food service director will create an ingredient list for all foods provided
by the district as part of the district’s nutrition program, including food provided during the school
day and in before- and after-school programs. This list will be available upon request.
Prepackaged items used in concessions, district-sponsored fundraisers and classroom activities must
include a list of ingredients on the package. If the package does not contain a list of ingredients, the
list of ingredients must be available at the location where the package is sold or provided.
Education and Training
Staff members who work directly with students (including building administrators, nurses, classroom
teachers, aides, facilitators, cafeteria staff and building office staff and excluding central office staff,
maintenance and technical support) will be regularly trained on the causes and symptoms of and
responses to allergic reactions. Training will include instruction on the use of epinephrine
premeasured auto-injection devices.
Age-appropriate education on allergies and allergic reactions will be provided to students as such
education aligns with state Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) for health education. Education will
include potential causes; information on avoiding allergens; signs and symptoms of allergic
reactions; and simple steps students can take to keep classmates safe.
Information about individual students with allergies will be provided to staff members and others
who need to know the information to provide a safe learning environment for the student.
Information about individual students with allergies will be shared with students and others who do
not have a legitimate educational interest in the information only to the extent authorized by the
parent/guardian or as otherwise permitted by law, including the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA).
Response to an allergic reaction shall be in accordance with established procedures, including
application of the student's IEP, Section 504 plan or IHP/EAP. Information about known allergies
will be shared in accordance with FERPA. Parents of student with life-threatening allergies should
supply the school with epinephrine premeasured auto-injection devices to be administered in
accordance with Board policy.
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In the event of a discrepancy between an administrative procedure and a Board policy, the Board
policy will take precedence.
Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Cross Refs: AC, Prohibition Against Illegal Discrimination and Harassment
ADF, District Wellness Program
EF, Food Services Management
EFB, Free and Reduced-Cost Food Services
IGBA, Programs for Students with Disabilities
IGD, District-Sponsored Extracurricular Activities and Organizations
IICA, Field Trips and Excursions
Legal Refs: § 167.208, RSMo.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 - 1417
34 C.F.R. Part 300
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 29 U.S.C. § 794
34 C.F.R. Part 104
Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 - 12213
National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 - 1769h
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1771 - 1785
7 C.F.R. Parts 210, 220, 227
Jefferson City School District, Jefferson City, Missouri
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