Food Allergies and Special Days
Special days like birthdays, Easter and year-end parties are times of celebration with friends and food. However, these can be very risky times for students with life-threatening food allergies.
School staff, parents and students can help to keep allergic students safe by creating "allergy-aware" classrooms and schools:
- Clear communication between parents and teachers about special days and any food that might be offered
- Avoidance strategies such as handwashing before and after eating and asking students not to share or trade food
- Celebrate with stickers, games or prizes instead of food
- Teach students about severe allergies and how they can help if a student is having a reaction
- Remind allergic students to tell an adult right away when they might be having a reaction
- Make sure all school staff know what to do if a student has a reaction
Refer to your school's policies and regulations around life-threatening food allergies for more information.
For more information:
SN-HP-107-23-21 – Revised 2021-08-31