It has been estimated that up to 2% of Canadians are at risk of anaphylaxis from food and insect
allergy (Lieberman, P., Camargo, C.A. Jr., Bohlke, K., Jick, H., Miller, R.L., Sheikh, A., and Simons,
F.E., 2006). It is important that the needs of students at risk of anaphylaxis are addressed while
in school. Guidelines provided by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education set
out to clarify the roles and responsibilities of students, parents/guardians, educators, school
administrators and other school-based personnel to ensure students at risk of anaphylaxis are
provided a safe and caring learning environment.
The information in these guidelines is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for
professional medical advice. If students have been given recommendations by their physician that
differ from those outlined in these guidelines, the individualized written instructions for risk
reduction strategies and treatment of a reaction should be followed.
Gaining independence at home, at school, and in the community is central to the development of
self-reliance, confidence and daily functioning in society. Promoting independence starts early and
continues throughout life. It is important for students to be able to meet their potential and not be
restricted by dependence on others.
The provision of health support services is the ongoing responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Consequently, in requesting the assistance of school personnel in the provision of these services,
parents/guardians are temporarily delegating limited authority to the personnel of the public
education system, for a particular purpose, rather than relinquishing any part of their parental
For more information, please consult the Department of Education website, or click here.