Allergy and Anaphylaxis

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NYS Laws, Regulation and Guidance Memos from NYSED

NYS Laws, regulations, guidance practice alerts, and memos regarding management of allergies and anaphylaxis and use of EAI are located under Laws|Guidelines|Memos-Allergy and Anaphylaxis Managment. The Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2007, PHL 2500 H*2 requires the commissioner of health, in consultation with the commissioner of education establish an anaphylaxis policy for school districts with guidelines, procedures and treatment plan which includes the responsibilities of the school nurse and appropriate school personnel for preventing and responding to anaphylaxis. Enacted 6/30/2008. The manual below contains this information.

Caring for Students with Life-Threatening Allergies Manual was developed by NYSDOH, NYSED, and the NYSCSHC. It contains guidance for developing district anaphylaxis policies and other resource tools such education for school staff, care plans, 504 plans, IEP's, IHP's field trips and classroom and environmental planning (2007).

Note: This manual was published in 2008, and will be revised at a later date. This document predates laws regarding the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors.  Please see the Guidelines for Medication Management in Schools for the most up to date information on administering this medication. You can view the current NYSED Medication Guidelines on our Medication page here. 

CDC Resources

The CDC provides resources for schools which include Food Allergy Facts, Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs,  and a Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools. (7/2018).

NYS Laws and Regulations, FAQs, Implementing EAI in the School Setting Resources for schools, including NYSDOH school staff training, post-test, and resources.

Guidelines and Resources for Allergy|Anaphylaxis Management

NYSCSH Food Allergens Exposure in the School Setting: Evidence, Challenges, and Interventions-Provides strategies for managing common issues in schools (5/2014).

Allergy & Anaphylaxis: A Practical Guide for Schools and Families-Guide for parents, school nurses and staff on how to help at-risk students stay safe at school.Free download from the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (2017).

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-Lead Institute at the National Institutes of Health providing research-based resources for clinicians and families, including the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the US (1/2017).

Safe at School and Ready to Learn: A Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergy- Provides tools to monitor and create and evaluate policies and practices; a glossary of terms; and multiple other resources. (National School Boards Association, 1/2012).

Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs-Provides practical information and strategies for schools to use while reinforcing federal laws and regulations (CDC, 10/2013).

Organization Websites with Additional Resources 

Allergy & Asthma Network -Provides advocacy, education, and resources.

AllergyHome- Provides training, checklists, fact sheets and other resources to create an inclusive school community in supporting allergy management.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)-Provides programs, resources, newsletters, ECP. IHP, 504 information and includes CDC validated education for caregivers and healthcare providers.

FARE-(Food Allergy Research and Education)-Provides evidence-based educational resources as well as training and tools for educators, healthcare workers, policy makers, food industry professionals and others, contact information for FARE regional offices.

NASN Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Toolkit

Includes webinars, blogs, clinical conversation starters, checklists, and forms to for allergy and anaphylaxis management in the school setting (2/2014).

Updated 11/29/18