Allergy & Anaphylaxis: A Practical Guide for Schools and Families

School-Guide-151Children and youth with severe allergies require a coordinated and collaborative plan to help them avoid anaphylaxis at school. Allergy & Asthma Network’s new publication, Allergy & Anaphylaxis: A Practical Guide for Schools and Families, is an informational and educational guidebook to advise parents, school nurses and staff on how to help at-risk students stay safe at school. The guide is divided into three sections, with a bonus section available exclusively online, and is accessible as a download. Print the entire publication or select pages and create a book or binder for easy referral.

This guide is intended for use as a tool for allergy management in the school setting. The information, recommendations and content are based on best practices. Each school, school nurse and medical director must exercise independent professional judgment when practicing in accordance with their state’s practice acts as well as applicable school district policies and procedures.

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Allergy 101

Section A includes a basic overview of anaphylaxis and food, latex, insect venom and medication allergies, as well as allergies where the cause is unknown. It also includes age appropriate self-care skills for children.


  • Anaphylaxis: It’s New to Me
  • 5 Myths about Food Allergies
  • Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance
  • Latex Allergy Fact Sheets
  • Growing Up With Severe Allergies

School Safety Guidance for Allergy Management

Section B provides schools with appropriate components of allergy care at school, prevention strategies, as well as table top drills that can be used by school staff.


  • Components of Allergy Management at School
  • Allergy Emergency Response at School
  • Allergy Care is a Shared Responsibility
  • Does Peanut-Free Equal Certainty?
  • Table Top Drills

Educational Resources for Student & Staff Instruction

Section C focuses on allergy and anaphylaxis education to share with students and staff. It includes how to use an epinephrine auto-injector, food label reading tips, latex-free products for classrooms and sports, and signage for school use.


  • How to Use an Epinephrine Auto-Injector
  • Epinephrine or Antihistamines?
  • When Teasing Becomes Bullying
  • Signs: Peanut Safe Zone, Latex Balloons Prohibited
  • Educational Resources for Staff Training


Bonus Content: Articles of Interest

Allergy-&-Anaphylaxis--BonusSection D includes a listing of articles with a general focus on allergy management and latex allergy management in the school setting.
  • School Nursing Article List
  • Creating a Latex-Safe School
  • What You Should Know About Latex Allergy
  • What Parents Should Consider When Choosing a Preschool
  • Latex Allergy Article List



Special Acknowledgement:
Sandra Moritz, MSEd, BS, RN, CSN  

Medical and Nursing Reviewers:
Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc
Michael Corjulo, APRN, CPNP, AE-C

School Nurse Work Group / Anaphylaxis Community Experts:
Cheryl Blake, MSN, RN, NCSN
Colleen Foley, MS, RN, NCSN, AE-C
Ellen C. Lencsak, BSN, RN, NCSN
Janice McPhee, MSN, RN, NCSN