3442 Policy – Anaphylaxis Prevention

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may involve systems of the entire body.  Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical treatment and follow-up care by an allergist/immunologist.

Bellingham Public Schools expects school administrators, teachers and support staff to be informed and aware of life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and how to deal with the resulting medical emergencies. For students, some common life-threatening allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, fish, bee or other insect stings, latex and some medications. Affected students require planned care and support during the school day and during school sponsored activities.

Parents/guardians are responsible for informing the school about their student’s potential risk for anaphylaxis and for ensuring the provision of ongoing health information and necessary medical supplies. The district will take reasonable measures to avoid allergens for affected students. The district will also train all staff in the awareness of anaphylaxis and prepare them to respond to emergencies. Additionally, student specific training will be provided for appropriate personnel.

Even with the district’s best efforts, staff and parents/guardians need to be aware that it is not possible to achieve a completely allergen-free environment. However, the district will take precautions to reduce the risk of a student having an anaphylactic reaction by developing strategies to minimize the presence of allergens in schools.

The superintendent will establish procedures to support this policy and to ensure:

1.      Rescue protocol in cases of suspected anaphylaxis will follow OSPI’s Guidelines for the Care of Students with Anaphylaxis (2009);

2.      A simple and standardized format for Emergency Health Plans (EHP)/504 Student Accommodation Plan is utilized;

3.      A protocol is in place to ensure Emergency Health Plans are current and completed;

4.      Medication orders are clear and unambiguous;

5.      Training and documentation is a priority.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted: 06/11/09; 03/23/11
Revised: 09/10/14
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.210.380, Anaphylaxis – Policy Guidelines –Procedures – Reports

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, August 2012, Anaphylaxis Prevention and Response

Policy News, February 2009  Anaphylaxis Prevention Policy Required

OSPI, March 2009, Guidelines for the Care of Students with Anaphylaxis