Chronic Health Conditions
Allergies & Anaphylaxis
Food Allergy Management Program
School attendance may increase a student's risk of exposure to allergens that could trigger a food-allergic reaction. A food allergy is an adverse reaction to a food protein mediated by the immune system which immediately reacts causing the release of histamine and other inflammatory chemicals and mediators. While it is not possible for Barrington 220 to completely eliminate the risks of exposure to allergens when a student is at school, a Food Allergy Management Program using a cooperative effort among students' families, staff members, and students helps the district reduce these risks and provide accommodations and proper treatment for allergic reactions. Click here for forms.
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.
KARATE FORMS AND DOCUMENTS
- Parent/Guardian introducton letter
- Rationale - evidence based research summary
- BELT LEVELS - goals and responsibilities
- Parent Questionnaire to complete
- Student Questionnaire to complete
ANAPHYLAXIS FORMS AND DOCUMENTS (Updated Forms are Required Every Year)
- Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan (signed by Health Provider and Parent/Guardian)
- Allergy/Anaphylaxis Health Update Forms (completed by Parent/Guardian)
- Tips for Avoiding Your Allergies by F.A.R.E. (Español)
- To Ban or Not to Ban? Addressing Food Allergies in Schools
Asthma and Allergies
We need your cooperation to maintain a learning environment that is friendly to all students. This may include, but is not limited to:
1. Minimizing the use of strong-smelling hygiene products, especially in the middle and high school grades (perfumes, colognes, deodorants and lotions may trigger asthma symptoms or headaches in susceptible persons);
2. Keeping pets (except for service animals or for special circumstances with principal approval) and air fresheners out of classrooms to minimize asthma triggers;
3. Refraining from sending peanut-based products as a lunch or snack item, particularly at the pre-school and early elementary level;
4. Utilizing alternatives to latex (natural rubber) based products in your school supplies, such as erasers or balloons, if latex allergic students are present in your child's class
ASTHMA ACTION PLANS (health provider and parent/guardian - submit to school nurse annually)
Asthma Update Form (parent/guardian to complete and submit to school nurse annually)
The Care of Students with Diabetes Act (P.A. 96-1485)
The District complies with the Act which establishes a process for ensuring that students diagnosed with diabetes receive care in school. District staff works collaboratively with students, their parents/guardians and staff members to ensure that students with diabetes are offered reasonable accommodations and/or services.
Seizure Questionnaire English (Parents/Guardians to complete and return to school nurse)
Self-Administration of Epinephrine Auto-Injector or Insulin
1. Some students may need to carry their emergency medication on their person, and use it on an "as-needed" basis. These situations require a licensed prescriber's order and parental/guardian permission as indicated on the appropriate Medication Authorization Form.
2. The registered nurse will complete a self-administration of medication assessment. If the student does not show responsibility with the medication, the parent/guardian and licensed prescriber will be notified. The student will be further educated about the proper reason and proper use of the medication.
3. A student agreement to carry the specific medication will be signed indicating understanding of the medication and proper use; that the medication will not shared; that they will notify a responsible adult if there is no marked improvement after the prescribed does is given; and in the event of epinephrine use, they must notify a responsible adult so that 911 can be called.
4. Permission allows the student to possess and use his or her medication while in school, while at a school sponsored activity, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before or after school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property.
Disposal: The parent/guardian will be responsible, at the end of the treatment regime, for removing from the school any unused, discontinued or outdated medication which was prescribed for their child
On rare occasions, student experience allergic reactions at school that result in anaphylaxis (a life threatening al- lergic reaction), Illinois law allows certain school person- nel to administer EpiPens® to students when, in the staff member’s professional opinion, it is appropriate. In these situations, Barrington 220 will inform parents as soon as practicable. When EpiPens® are administered at school, Illinois law provides that district personnel, including members of the Board of Education, are strictly immune from liability, except for willful and wanton conduct.