The number of students with severe and life threatening food allergies, especially those with tree nut allergies, is increasing nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that four to six percent of children in the United States are affected by food allergies. Food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children under the age of 18.
Eanes ISD implemented Nut Free classrooms in 2003, as allergies became more prevalent at the elementary campuses. While allergy management has previously been addressed through Individual Health Plans, the marked increase in cases caused the District to evaluate its practices related to food allergies. In response, the District created the Food Allergy Management Plan in the Spring of 2014, with input from parents, school nurses, Special Education staff, administration and the School Safety & Health Advisory Council (SSHAC). The Superintendent approved the regulation August 11, 2014, and the regulation was then revised in March 2015 with input from the same stakeholders.
Below are frequently asked questions; for specific information as relates to students in the District, please contact your campus nurse.
- Why did the District institute the Food Allergy Management Plan (FAMP)?
- Is the Plan designed for elementary and secondary students?
- How are staff trained to respond to the Plan?
- What are Nut Free classrooms and why do they exist?
- What role do parents play in the Eanes Food Allergy Management Plan?
- Is outside food allowed on elementary campuses during the school day?
- Are groups such as rentals, Booster Club meetings/events, Community Education classes, etc. allowed to bring food for events outside of school hours?
- Are food rewards allowed in Eanes ISD schools?
- Are all kitchens in Eanes ISD Nut Free?
- Is food allowed to be consumed on buses, including elementary field trips?
- Does food taken on elementary field trips have to be Nut Free?
- Does Eanes ISD stock epinephrine auto-injectors on its campuses?
- Where is the Food Allergy Management Plan located on the District’s website?
- Who should I contact if I have questions about the Food Allergy Management Plan or need more information?