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Allergy & Anaphylaxis

 

Allergic reactions can cause a wide range of symptoms. The most severe and potentially life-threatening is anaphylaxis. The most common causes of anaphylaxis in children are:

  • Food allergies (most commonly - peanuts, tree nuts, dairy products, soy, wheat)
  • Insect Stings 
  • Medications
  • Latex   

Anaphylaxis

(Severe Allergic Reaction)

Anaphylaxis is a sudden, life-threatening, severe allergic reaction. The most dangerous symptoms include breathing difficulties, a drop-in blood pressure, or shock.

 

Common examples of potentially life-threatening allergies are those to foods or stinging insects. Other allergic reactions may also occur to medications, latex, or while exercising.

 

Texas Education Code, Chapter 25, Section 25.0022, requires a parent or legal guardian to disclose, at the request of the school district, whether the child has a food allergy. 

 

While West ISD cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment at school, the district is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety of every child who has allergies. 

 

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Guidelines 

West ISD has developed guidelines to manage students with these life-threatening allergies so that they may safely participate in the educational process. Students who are at risk for developing anaphylaxis are entitled to carry and self-administer their anaphylaxis medications (epinephrine auto-injectors) while at school or at a school event (TEC 38.015) if they have met the requirements below:

  1. The medication and the self-administration must be authorized by a licensed health care provider and documented on the WEST ISD Anaphylaxis Action Plan to self-carry an Anaphylaxis Auto-Injector.
  2. The Anaphylaxis Action Plan requires the signature of prescribing physician and the parent/guardian of the student.
  3. The student must demonstrate to the physician, other health care providers, and the school nurse, if available, the skill level necessary to self-administer the medication.
  4. West ISD has developed an Allergy/Anaphylaxis Action Plan (ENGLISH)(SPANISH) that has the components of the requirements included within it. Please contact your school nurse before enrollment or at the start of the new school year if you are unable to print the above form in order to obtain all the proper paperwork needed that will help ensure the safety of your student with an allergy.  
    • If your child has an allergy or anaphylaxis, we HIGHLY encourage you to have an Action Plan in place at the campus your child is enrolled. 
    • If you do not wish to have an Action Plan in place, please sign and return the REFUSAL forTreatment (ENGLISH)  (SPANISH) to the campus nurse. 
  5. If your child suffers from a Food Allergy, fill out the Request For Food Allergy Information (ENGLISH) form and return it to your campus nurse.
  6. If your child requires any dietary issues, fill out the Statement Regarding Meal Substitutions or Modifications (ENGLISH) and return it to the Campus Nurse.  This form requires a physician's signature along with the parent/guardians' signature. 
  7. All campuses DO NOT have an emergency supply of epinephrine and diphenhydramine HCL (Benadryl) that school nurses may administer in the event of an unexpected, undiagnosed anaphylactic reaction. If your student has an event of an unexpected, undiagnosed anaphylactic reaction, 911 will be notified, then the parent. The staff at WEST ISD is appropriately trained as to the right circumstances in which to administer an epinephrine autoinjector and Benadryl if made available by the parent in the event of an anaphylactic reaction per the student’s Physician Care Plan / Plan of Action. 
  8. The parent is responsible for informing the school/nurse if the student has a history of anaphylaxis.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to have a Care plan / Plan of Action filled out, and signed by the physician and parent/guardian.
  9. It is the parents' responsibility to turn the Action Plan into the nursing office.  
  10. The student is highly encouraged to have a current Allergy/Anaphylaxis Action Plan on file with the School Nurse. 

Parents of children with known anaphylaxis are expected/HIGHLY encouraged to provide an individual supply of emergency medication to the campus nurse.