Anaphylaxis / Life Threatening Allergies

  • NEW: K.A.R.A.T.E. (Kids Acquiring Responsibiity for Allergis Treated with Epinephrine)

    Barrington 220 Nurses are implementing a newly designed program to assist student in the management of anaphylaxis. Our new program is called by the acrnym KARATE for Kids Acquring Responsibility for Allergies Treated with Epinephrine. 

    The goals of KARATE are for students to carry their life saving Epinpehrine in all environments so that it is available for use by a trained adult, and ultmately to be independent with Epinephrine auto-Injector (EAI) acquisition, maintenance, and administration. 

    WHY? Research tells us that the majority of anaphylactic reactions occure outside of the school setting, more so during adolescence and young adulthood, and that timely and correct administration of epinephrine saves lives. These goals should be attained by the end of high school, so students can independently manage their life threatening allergies. 

    KARATE is a level-based system that guides students and families towards independence with Epinephrine auto-injector (EAI)  by meeting developmentally appropriate goals. 

    • Each level, or "belt" (defined by the colors white, yellow, blue and black - just like karate belts) includes a suggested target age range, responsibilities for parents and educational goals and responsibilities the student must demonstrate to graduate to the next belt. 
    • We understand that students respectfully vary in their developmental needs and self-responsibilities. The different "belts' were developed with targeted age ranges/developmental levels in mind. Students may progress throughout the four belts at a faster or slower rate. 


    1. Parent/Guardian introducton letter
    2. Rationale - evidence based research summary
    3. BELT LEVELS - goals and responsibilities
    4. Parent Questionnaire to complete
    5. Student Questionnaire to complete

    ANAPHYLAXIS FORMS AND DOCUMENTS (Updated Forms are Required Every Year)

    1. Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan (signed by Health Provider and Parent/Guardian)
    2. Allergy/Anaphylaxis Health Update Forms (completed by Parent/Guardian)
      1. Initial Allergy Assessment Form (completed upon initial entry into school)
      2. Annual Allergy Update Assessment Form (completed every year, before school entry in the fall)


    1. Tips for Avoiding Your Allergies by F.A.R.E. (Español)
    2. To Ban or Not to Ban?  Addressing Food Allergies in Schools