Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis

The Centers for Disease Control has worked with NASN, the Food Allergy Research & Education and the National School Boards Association to develop comprehensive guidance and resources for food allergy and anaphylaxis management in the school setting. 


The voluntary guidelines assist school nurses in developing or enhancing a comprehensive food allergy management program for the school community. The checklist provides an overview of how to use this document and provide leadership in the individual school nursing practice.

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 FAQs from the CDC 

Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs – A Checklist for School Nurses from NASN

Checklists - Assess your program's readiness 

Sample District and Support Policy Checklist

Sample Care Planning Checklist

Sample Staff Training Checklist

Sample Fostering Partnerships and Quality Monitoring Checklist

Sample School Practices Outcome Evaluation Checklist

Sample Plan of Care Outcome Checklist


Fact Sheet:  What School Nurses Need to Know about Parents of Children with Food Allergies

Sample School District Anaphylaxis Policy

Parent Notification of a Food Allergy in the Classroom Letter - English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong

Welcome Back to School Letter – Child with Food Allergy

Sample Food Allergy IHP Template

AAAAI Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan    

AAP Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan 

Food Allergy Research and Education Food Allergy Action Plan / Emergency Care Plan 

Suggested Nursing Protocol for Students without an Emergency Care Plan

Sample Epinephrine Reporting Form  

Family Allergy Health History

NASN Guidelines for Health Personnel in Allergy Management

See Also

Food Allergy Research and Education - Resources for Schools 

Epi Everywhere! Every Day! School-based Anaphylaxis Preparedness: Policies in Practice
A video from Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Collins S., Patel S. (2009). Development of clinical policies and guidelines in acute settingsNursing Standard. 23, 27, 42-47. Date of acceptance: October 13 2008.

Links to State Guidance on Food Allergies

Food Allergy Resources for School Nurses - Literature Review

Page last updated February 2014.