Thank you to Dana and Duane Gordin, Principal Paula Naegle, and other parties that put so much hard work into making the CCSD Guidelines for Potentially Life-Threatening Allergies a reality. These guidelines were 2 years in the making and made possible with support from the Food Allergy Guidelines Committee Members, key leaders of CCSD including the Board of Trustees and Superintendent, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), and those who participated in the Nevada FAAN/FARE walk in previous years. The guidelines I’ve linked to below are the product of a FAAN/FARE walk grant and with Dana’s permission, I wanted to make the resource available here for download:
A copy has been sent to schools in Clark County (the district was ranked the 5th largest in the nation in 2012) as well as to local allergists. The guidelines are 79 pages and cover everything from classroom activities to food service and laws of note.
Some highlights as I look through the document and am encouraged about the guidance Southern Nevada teachers, nurses, and other school employees receive:
- “The emotional, as well as the physical, needs of the child must be respected.” – pg. 7
- “Avoidance is the key to preventing a reaction.” – pg. 9
- “Remember, students with food allergies are children, first and foremost. Do not ask them if it is acceptable to deviate from any of their individual plans. Be aware of signs of anxiety or bullying.” – pg. 11
- Avoidance Measures for Insect Venom/Stings Allergic Reactions – pg. 13 (tips new to me included avoiding wearing blue and yellow or floral clothing and ensuring garbage is properly covered and away from play areas)
- CCSD Regulation 5150 covers self carrying medications while CCSD Regulation 5157 covers nutrition concerns.
- Page 24 has a school nurse checklist that would be handy for any parent meeting with a school’s nurse at the start of the school year.
- Page 32 has a parent checklist for a school nurse to provide to a parent
- “Every single person plays an important role in preventing food-allergic reactions, including the child with the food allergies.” – pg. 34
- Page 35 has a teacher checklist.
- “The student must not be required to wipe down his/her own area prior to eating to avoid accidental exposure to or ingestion of allergens.” – pg. 37
- Page 43 includes the recommendation that cleaning supplies be marked specifically so that, say, a mop bucket used when mopping up peanut butter is not later used to clean an area meant to be free of a given student’s allergen. (A great detail I would not have considered.)
- Page 57 includes a bus driver checklist. CCSD guidelines also prohibit eating on the bus (with a diabetes exception of course).
- Page 62 has a resource regarding reading food labels.
- Page 63 discusses “Constructive Classroom Rewards” and begins: “Rewarding children in the classroom need not involve candy or other foods that can undermine children’s diets and health and reinforce unhealthful eating habits.” It concludes with two pages of suggestions of alternative rewards, including everything from privileges to trinkets/tokens. The recommendations are taken from the Healthy Schools Campaign and adapted from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
- Page 73 references epinephrine auto-injectors Adrenaclick, Auvi-Q, and Epi-Pen, which is helpful since school employees may be familiar with one and not others as they go through the process of assisting families and students.
Dana and Duane Gordin are Southern Nevada food allergy advocates that for 5 years worked to direct local food allergy walks (first through FAAN, the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network, and then through FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education) in addition to testifying regarding stock epinephrine in Nevada and more. One thing I didn’t know until I met Dana was that money raised by the national FAAN/FARE organization didn’t just go to funding walk operations and research activities, a small portion is used for local walk grants. The Gordin family saw the need for training and education here in Clark County and worked hours upon hours to help make it happen. Their eldest son graduated high school last month and their younger son is in high school so the impact of these guidelines is a wonderful parting gift!
Updated July 15, 2014 – Debbie Bornilla, who first brought the then-FAAN walk to Las Vegas as a director and co-leader of our local Food Allergy Parent Education Group (FAPE) provided me with the full list of people that contributed to these guidelines. Thank you all!
Cynthia Alamshaw, Principal
DeAnn Baker, Nurse
Virginia Beck, Director of Food Services
Abby Berhe, Operations Coordinator
Debbie Bornilla, Parent & FAPE Co-Leader
Gina Clowes, Director of Education FARE
Betsy Fuentes, Food Services Coordinator
Eleanor Garrow, VP Ed & Outreach FARE
Doug Geller, Director I of Transportation
Duane & Dana Gordin, Parents & FARE Walk Directors
Michael Harley, Chief Officer Compliance
Vicki Herman, Related Services Coordinator
Sally Jost, Director of Related Services (Committee Lead)
Rod Knowles, Principal
Connie Kratky, Eq. & Diversity Coordinator
Kimberly Krumland, Risk Management Coordinator
Gwen LaFond, Director of Guidance
June Likourinnou, Nurse
Karie Mulkowsky, FARE Grants
Paula Naegle, Principal
Daniel O’Brien, Attorney CCSD Legal
Greta Peay, Director of Eq. & Diversity
Irma Pumphrey, Health Services Coordinator
Roseanne Richards, Instruction Coordinator
Lynn Row, Director of Health Services
Bevelyn Smothers, Principal
Denise Thistlewaite, Director of Instruction
Linnea Westwood, Principal