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School and Allergies, Asthma

Who’s Watching Lunch?

Alarm bells went off for Sarah Cameron* that day in 2008 when her 8-year-old daughter came home from school in a state of high agitation. There had been an incident during lunch break. The girl recounted how one of two Grade 6 monitors supervising the kids in her classroom had ordered her to sit at […]

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school-hub

Schools and Allergies Resource Hub – U.S.

Allergic Living’s exclusive School Tools, including articles, action plans and more

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Sabrina’s Law: The Girl and the Allergy Law

Originally published in Allergic Living’s Spring 2005 edition. In the radio documentary she made, Sabrina Shannon, just shy of 10, holds the microphone in front of her mother and asks what it’s like to have a daughter with allergies. Then she adds: “Do you think I’m beautiful?” With mock earnestness, Sara Shannon replies, “I think […]

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U.S. & Canada Anaphylaxis Laws, Guidelines

Canada Ontario’s legislation – Sabrina’s Law, the precedent-setting anaphylaxis legislation Alberta policy – ASBA Allergy and Anaphylaxis Policy Advisory British Columbia – Ministerial Order: British Columbia Anaphylaxis and Child Safety Framework / Anaphylaxis Protection Order Manitoba – 2008 law / Bill 232: The Public Schools Amendment Act (Anaphylaxis Policies) New Brunswick policy – Health Support Services policy for […]

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Sara Shannon’s Journey with Sabrina’s Law

She has known a parent’s greatest grief: Sara Shannon lost her daughter Sabrina to anaphylaxis in the 13-year-old’s first year of high school. But out of tragedy, hope has been born: Ontario passed Sabrina’s Law in 2005, which requires schools to have anaphylaxis policies, to reduce allergen exposure and to train all staff in the […]

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Halloween: School Tips

 Here are some tips for a safe Halloween in the classroom: • Talk with the teacher as soon as you can about snacks, treats and activities. • If food will be served for the class, offer to bring it. At the very least, provide something safe for your child to eat. • For younger children, […]

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Food in the Class

Food in the Classroom

THE PIZZA day. The monthly birthday cake. Treats from the teacher for a job well done. Those holiday celebrations. The dad with the MBA using spreadsheet skills to organize the preschool snack schedule. The amount of food the average child comes in contact with at the modern school is several times what his 30- or […]

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Bullying Case Grabs Attention

An incident of food allergy bullying in the United States this spring is raising awareness of both the possibility for such behaviour among students – and the potentially serious consequences. In Lexington, Kentucky, a girl in the eighth grade was arrested on felony charges in April after she put peanut butter cookie crumbs in an […]

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Food Allergy Backlash Boards the Bus

From blogs to the press to esteemed medical journals, those who support anaphylaxis policies in schools are being branded as “hysterical” or “fearful” or even needing to “feel special”. Exceptional anxiety is portrayed as the rule. AL bites into: why critics love to hate food allergy. IT DOES sound, if not “hysterical,” then at least […]

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Food Allergy, Teens: The Danger Years

From the archives. Published in Allergic Living magazine, Fall 2005. TREVOR SCHOFIELD is one lucky guy. We are sitting at the Schofield family’s dining room table with his mother, Diane, discussing how he has outgrown his peanut allergy. Now in Grade 12, Trevor actually has to eat peanuts to build his tolerance. The talk turns from […]

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