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School and Allergies, Asthma

The Lunch Patrol

Our allergy support group took on the local school board over the issue of 10- and 11-year-old student volunteers supervising children while they were eating. Good news: we carried the day, and our children head back to school this year with vastly improved meal supervision. Allergic Living asked me to share our group’s story, since […]

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It’s Off (Gulp) to Kindergarten

The start of kindergarten is bittersweet for most parents. On one hand, we’re excited for the new experiences that await our youngsters as they begin their school careers; at the same time, we mourn the passing of the baby years. How quickly they grow up. While our first-born child, Julian, is now in university, I […]

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Who’s Watching Lunch?

From the Allergic Living archives. First published in the magazine in 2009. 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 […]

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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

From the Allergic Living archives; this popular article was first published in the Canadian edition of the magazine in 2007. 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 […]

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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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