The most common form of anaphylaxis is peanut allergy. It has been a collaborative decision that at this stage, St Elizabeth’s will not claim to be nut free. However we do encourage parents to choose alternatives other than peanut products in particular nuts, nut bars, peanut butter and Nutella.
Teachers will speak to all students about peanut allergies. If children know they have nuts or peanut products in their lunch there is a designated seating area for the consumption of nut products. Children sit on this chair to eat their lunch and then wipe their hands on the “wet wipes” provided.
All medication, including Epipens and Ventolin puffers, are stored centrally in the First Aid Room beside the School Office. Medication is only administered under staff supervision and recorded in a central register. All teachers and school officers have current senior First Aid Certificates. Teachers regularly receive refresher courses on the correct use of Epipens in emergencies.
Clearly our approach to anaphylaxis is one of education as opposed to complete exclusion. Obviously added to this is age appropriate communication and care between home and school.