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HolidayHillThe food allergy community was abuzz last week with the news that Mary Baxley, a paraprofessional at Holiday Hill Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida, received a 10-day suspension for bringing peanut butter cookies to celebrate a student’s birthday in a peanut-free classroom. But what should parents of children with food allergies learn from the incident?

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PretzelHeart

Please note that we have updated the contents of the Safe Snack Guide.

We’re pleased to announce that we have added many products by three companies that have joined our SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Partnership Program:

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kfa webinar

Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) sponsored an informative webinar on January 14 entitled ”Food Allergy School Health Plans: 504 vs IHCP”. Presented by Laurel Francoeur, Esq, who served on the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (the parent foundation of the KFA), the webinar is now available as a free one hour video on KFA’s site.

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New Year Baby Teacher

Are you a teacher responsible for a child with severe allergies? Make these New Year’s resolutions, share them with your colleagues, and have a safe and inclusive New Year!

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Congress

On December 5, federal legislation sponsored by Rep Matt Cartwright (D-PA) was introduced in Congress and assigned to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The Alerting Local Leaders and Ensuring Responsible Guidelines for Youth Act (ALLERGY Act), if enacted, would mandate schools develop programs to address the bullying of children with food allergies. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, “31.5% of the children and 24.7% of the parents reported bullying specifically due to FA [food allergy], frequently including threats with foods, primarily by classmates.” The study was based on 251 respondents to a survey of families of children with food allergies.

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MI Bill Signing

On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed bills into law paving the way for epinephrine auto-injectors to be stocked at public schools throughout the state beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

Taken together, House Bills 4352 and 4353 provide for the following:

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NoNoNo School

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CongressThe School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act has cleared another legislative hurdle having received approval from the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. It now moves on to a vote by the full Senate and, assuming it passes as expected, moves on to the president for his signature as the final step to becoming law.

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CDCGuidelinesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published comprehensive guidelines for the management of food allergies in schools. The document, entitled “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs“, provides practical information and strategies for use in conjunction and compliance with federal laws and regulations.

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Halloween Edition!

Please take a few minutes to read about the many additions and changes in this edition of the Safe Snack Guide.

Halloween 2013 Edition!

In addition to our usual goodies, you’ll find a whole page of Halloween treats – perfect for trick-or-treat or nut-free classroom celebrations. New this year, we provide size/packaging information and indicate whether the items are individually wrapped!

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