Allergy Awareness

Allergy Awareness

Overview:

Due to the centralized nature of our program, the vast majority of students stays and eats lunch in the classrooms during the 15-minute lunch break. Paid adult supervisors as well as members from the teaching and classroom support faculty patrol the school during lunchtime. 

As an integral part of our Catholic/Christian faith and culture, we break bread together. At École Georges. H. Primeau Middle School we share in daily cafeteria service, assigned grade level eating locations, special celebrations and birthday celebrations.

As a middle school that builds an inclusive learning community for all, there are a number of other mitigating circumstances that need to be taken into consideration that are not presently present in other schools. These circumstances include:

  • Daily cafeteria food sales
  • Overnight trips
  • Home economics class.
  • Lunch/breakfast program

Unfortunately, it is impossible to guarantee an allergen free school. In conversations, we inform our parents and guardians that we are an “Allergy Aware” school and not Allergy Free. In response to this, reasonable steps will be taken to minimize the risk of exposure to allergens for our students with life – threatening allergies.

Preamble:

Across Canada, schools and school divisions are in the process of or have already developed policies for the management of life threatening allergies and anaphylaxis. The rationale for developing a procedure for École Georges. H. Primeau Middle School is to identify, manage, and reduce the risk of anaphylaxis of any students attending this school who are known to have life threatening allergies. For the purpose of this document, the term “life threatening allergies” refers to those allergies (with the exception of medications), which may lead to anaphylaxis in certain situations. The foundation of this document his based on two premises:

  1. Common practices within our school district, which includes École Marie Poberan and École Notre Dame Elementary School.
    1. Faculty that potentially can move from one school to the next, this builds consistency for faulty expectations and training.
    2. Provides parents a piece of mind moving from one school to the next that their child will be well cared for pertaining to allergies.
  2. Alberta School Boards’ Association position of managing Anaphylaxis within schools.

The purpose of this protocol is to minimize the risk of exposure of students with severe allergies to potentially life-threatening allergens without depriving the student with severe allergies of normal peer interactions or placing unreasonable restrictions on the activities of other students in the school. This protocol outlines roles and responsibilities, avoidance procedures, education and training, the management of known allergens in the school and an emergency plan in the event that a student presents with an anaphylactic reaction. A brief introduction to common allergens as well as signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis will provide some background information to the formation of this protocol.