Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis
(Severe Allergic Reaction)
Anaphylaxis is a sudden, life threatening, severe allergic reaction. The most dangerous symptoms include breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure or shock.
Common examples of potentially life threatening allergies are those to foods or stinging insects. Other allergic reactions may also occur to medications, latex or while exercising.
The emergency treatment is epinephrine, which is usually supplied in epinephrine auto-injectors (example: EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® or Auvi-Q®).
While Calallen ISD cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment at school, the district is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety of every child who has allergies.
Calallen ISD has developed guidelines to manage students with these life threatening allergies so that they may safely participate in the educational process. Students who are at risk for developing anaphylaxis are entitled to carry and self-administer their anaphylaxis medications (epinephrine auto-injectors) while at school or a school event, if they have met the requirements.
The medication and the self-administration must be authorized by a physician or licensed health care provider.
The student must demonstrate to the physician, other health care provider and to the nurse, if available, the skill level necessary to self-administer the medication.
Please contact your campus nurse before enrollment or at the start of the new school year, to obtain all the proper paper work needed that will help ensure the safety of your student with an allergy.
The District has specific procedures regarding the maintenance, administration, and disposal of epinephrine autoinjectors. Staff is appropriately trained as to the right circumstances in which to administer an epinephrine autojector, vial/syringe, and Benadryl in the event of an anaphylactic reaction. To view more information regarding the District’s procedures, please see the District Severe Allergy Management Plan.
Parents of children with known Food Allergy or Anaphylaxis are expected to provide an individual supply of emergency medication to the campus nurse.
Calallen ISD Food and Severe Allergy Management Plan 2022-2023
DSHS Guidelines for the Care of Students with Food Allergies At-Risk for Anaphylaxis