Many of the resources on this page have been developed by the Epinephrine Policies and Protocols Workgroup, a collaboration of representatives of NASN, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants and sponsored by Mylan; some materials and programming was supported by Pfizer; and other materials were compiled by NASN staff.
The following national guidelines can assist school nurses in developing or enhancing a comprehensive evidence-based food allergy management program at school.
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs - This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides practical information and planning steps for parents, district administrators, school administrators and staff, and ECE program administrators and staff to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention.
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs – A Checklist for School Nurses - This resource from NASN provides an overview of how to use the CDC document.
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies FAQs
National Academies of Sciences Consensus Study - The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is the lead sponsor of this report, which recommends six actions to improve the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies.
Food Allergy: A Practice Parameter Update 2014 - This resource is from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Sample Planning Checklists
The sample checklists can be used by school nurses in the development and ongoing evaluation of school health services that focus on food allergy and anaphylaxis.
Development of School District Policies and Protocols Checklist
Development of Student Healthcare Plans Checklist
Foster Stakeholder Collaboration Checklist
Quality Improvement Monitoring Checklist
Training School Personnel Checklist
Sample Anaphylaxis Policy
Sample Practice Forms
AAAAI Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan
AAP Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan
Family Food Allergy Health History
FARE Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
Guidelines for Health Personnel Roles Managing Student Anaphylaxis/Allergies
Notification of a Food Allergy in the Classroom – Parent Letter
Report of Epinephrine Administration – Sample Report
Sample Individualized Healthcare Plan – Severe Allergy Management
Sample State School Health Guidelines
Virginia School Health Guidelines (go to pages 16 and 17)
School Personnel Training Resources
AllergyHome.org provides several resources to use when training school personnel about allergy and anaphylaxis including School Staff Training Module, School Staff Quiz, and other supplemental resources.
Trainer Preparation - The Get Trained resources help school nurses prepare to educate school personnel on epinephrine autoinjectors.
Training School Personnel Checklist
Anaphylaxis Awareness – What You Can Do - This resource is a fact sheet to share with parents/guardians.
Clinical Conversation for the School Nurse – Food Allergy Management in the School Setting - This is NASN resource is a slide show & downloadable guide.
e-Learning - On-demand courses and webinar recordings.
Saving Lives at School: Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine – Conversation Cards and School Nurse Handbook for Connection Cards - This NASN resource can be used by the school nurse to assist in providing health education to school personnel, students, and families.
Video Series – School Nurses: Partnering to Prevent and Respond to Anaphylaxis and Anaphylaxis Information and Resources. This three-part series is designed to create a safer learning environment for students with severe allergies by empowering parents/guardians to partner with their child’s school nurse.
What School Nurses Need to Know about Families of Children with Food Allergies - This resource is a fact sheet for the school nurse.
National Partner Resources
Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America
Allergy & Asthma Network (formerly AANMA)
American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology
American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team
Food Allergy Management and Education (FAME) – Children’s Hospital of St. Louis
Food Allergy Research & Education
National Association of State Boards of Education: Epinephrine
National School Boards Association
Safe at School and Ready to Learn: A Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies
Page last updated December 2018.