Allergies

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

responsibility.

For more information, please consult the Department of Education website, or click here.