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In the legal terminology, food allergies are an extremely serious condition because they can cause the “impairment of major life activities.” A food allergy may affect a student’s ability to eat, care for themselves, or breathe. This serious backdrop is why schools develop a 504 plan in collaboration with an affected parent and child. A comprehensive 504 plan should detail a student’s medical needs and condition, as well as the precautions that the school is taking in accordance with that condition. It of course also includes a plan of action if a student suffers an allergic incident at any point while in the school's care.
Each 504 plan is individualized and unique to each student’s particular experience. Depending on the student, a 504 plan might be 2 pages or it might be 20 pages. While not all accommodations will be necessary for every student, below are some general areas of concern that schools can use as a starting place in designing an effective plan.
These examples are not comprehensive. A sample 504 action plan can be downloaded here. This particular document utilizes an easy-to-follow design that can walk readers through important information about allergens, symptoms, and treatment instructions (even during times of high stress, like an anaphylactic emergency).
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