Attached is a Food/Insect Allergy Action Plan that is required in order to keep an EpiPen at school for your child. The plan needs to be completed and signed by your child’s primary health care provider or allergist at the beginning of each school year. If your child’s health care provider has their own form they prefer to use, it may be used in lieu of this form.
Epipens are sent on field trips and staff are trained to administer them. Per DPH regulations only the school nurse may administer antihistamines for mild allergy symptoms. If your child’s allergist recommends antihistamines (Benadryl) for a minor reaction, it needs to be included on the plan, and you will need to provide it along with the EpiPen. Benadryl will not be sent on field trips per DPH regulations.
It is essential that we have a clear plan to follow in case your child has any signs/symptoms of an allergic reaction at school. Please be sure to bring in the Food/Insect Allergy Action Plan and your child’s medication on or before the first day of school in September.
Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.