Letter to Parents Regarding Life Threatening Food Allergies
I am certain that you are aware of the growing number of children that
are affected by food allergies. In response to the growing concerns
relative to the health and safety implications of life threatening food
allergies, legislation was passed in 2007 that required the New Jersey
Commissioner of Education to develop "Guidelines for the Management of
Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools." This publication provides
direction to schools relative to the development of policies and the
creation of safe school environments for students with severe food
allergies. Each district must establish "consistent, systematic policies
and practices that will offer students a safe and healthy learning
In the past few years we have enrolled students with life threatening
food allergies and have developed a series of policies, regulations, and
practices to achieve full compliance with this legal and moral
requirement. The statements below will summarize some of the important
understandings that are essential in understanding the process that was
followed to reach compliance:
- Dr. Redlich and Dr. Rice, our school physicians, were directly
involved with the administrative committee that adapted the state
recommended policy for the management of life-threatening food allergies
in schools for the UFRSD Policy Manual.
- All required areas of concern from the state were considered
including: considerations for cafeteria, classrooms, school functions,
bus transportation, harassment, and emergency situations.
- The importance of creating voluntary compliance within the community at large for a food allergy safety plan.
- Training for teachers and staff, administration, students and
members of the parent community relative to the life-threatening nature
of such allergies.
The policy and regulation attached to this
message will serve as an important step in the process of parent
education relative to the responsibility of the school district to
provide a safe environment for children with food allergies.
If you have any questions regarding this policy I encourage you to call
the school principal or the school nurse to get more information. I am
also available to help you better understand the requirements of
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3-12.6 and added 12.6a-d for full compliance with
As always we greatly appreciate your effort to respond to the needs of
all of our children so that each and every child can attend school in a
safe and healthy environment.
Superintendent of Schools