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Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy


(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.


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.


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 a school event, if they have met the legal requirements below:


  1. The medication and the self-administration must be authorized by a physician or licensed health care provider.
  2. The student must demonstrate to the physician, other health care provider and to the school nurse, if available, the skill level necessary to self-administer the medication.
    West ISD has developed an Allergy Action Plan (ENGLISH) (SPANISH) that has the components of the legal requirements included within it. Please contact your school nurse before enrollment or at the start of the new school year, to obtain all the proper paper work needed that will help ensure the safety of your student with an allergy. See Allergy Action Plan Link.
  3. 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.   Staff is appropriately trained as to the right circumstances in which to administer an epinephrine autojector, and Benadryl in the event of an anaphylactic reaction per the student’s Physician Care Plan / Plan of Action. 
  4. The parent is responsible for informing the school/nurse their student has a history of anaphylaxis.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to have a Care plan / Plan of Action filled out, signed by the physician and turned into the nursing office.    

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