Food Allergy Awareness

The first responsibility of all of our schools is to ensure that every student is educated in a setting that is safe and conducive to learning. Westfield has adopted a policy for managing students with food allergies. This policy describes the guidelines and best practices for accommodating students with severe food allergies. As a result of the increase in the number of students who have severe food allergies in our schools, we continue to reflect on and refine our practice to create a space where all students can enjoy school in a safe environment.

Food allergy is a growing public health issue that impacts almost every school across the United States. Nearly 6 million children in the U.S. – which equates to 1 in 13, or roughly 2 in every classroom – have a food allergy.

Studies indicate that 16-18% of school-age children who have food allergies have had a reaction in school. In addition, in approximately 25% of the reactions that occur at school, the student had not yet been diagnosed with food allergy.1

1. Administration of Epinephrine for Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions in School Settings. CL Mcintyre, AH Sheetz, CR Carroll, MC Young. Pediatrics. Vol. 116, No. 5. Nov. 2005

Mission Statement

The Westfield Public School's Allergy Awareness Committee strives to provide students who possess a severe allergy with an equitable and inclusive school experience.

The goals of the committee are to increase awareness and understanding of the issue of life-threatening allergies to the district's schools, parents, and students through:

1. Communication and Support

2. Education and Programs

3. Consistency of Practice