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As the start of the school year approaches, we receive many inquiries about the Safe Snack Guide from parents, teachers, school nurses and PTA organizations as they search for solutions to help implement nut-free classroom policies.

Here follows a collection of the most frequently asked questions complete with answers.

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It’s  time for parents, teachers, school nurses, administrators and PTA organizations to begin planning for the upcoming school year. As more and more school districts adopt policies to better manage allergens in the classroom, they need reliable tools to help simplify and streamline the process for parents and teachers alike.

The Safe Snack Guide provides the foundation for any nut-exclusion program. From snacks to peanut butter alternatives, the Guide provides an easy way to steer parents toward safer alternatives.

Click here for a full-page flyer describing the Guide and use it to begin the conversation at your child’s school.

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California’s stock epinephrine bill, SB 1266 introduced February 21, 2014 by Senator Bob Huff, would make the stocking of epinephrine mandatory for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools as well as the training of personnel to administer the drug in cases of suspected anaphylaxis.

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Click here for printable flyers from out Take 2 campaign

As we approach Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 11-17), we at SnackSafely.com would like to remind you to always take 2 epinephrine auto-injectors along, whether you have the severe food allergy or your child does.

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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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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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We sense love in the air, so it must be time for the 2014 Valentine’s Day Edition of the Safe Snack Guide! But before we go into specifics, first a reminder that with this issue we are introducing a change to the foods we list in the Guide.

Change to Treatment of Eggs

As we announced in a previous posting, with this issue we will be introducing a number of products that contain or are manufactured in facilities that also process eggs. This change will allow us to introduce many new products both with and without eggs.

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Yesterday, New Jersey’s stock epinephrine bill, designated A2734, passed the Assembly by a vote of 73-0 with 6 abstentions. The bill was subsequently sent to the Senate (where it is designated S2109) and referred to the Senate Education Committee.

New Jersey has already enacted legislation that provides for the storage and administration of prescribed epinephrine to children with diagnosed allergies. This bill would extend those provisions to:

  • Mandate epinephrine auto-injectors be stocked at all NJ schools, public and private, for use with any child suspected to be suffering anaphylaxis;
  • Train individuals in addition to the school nurse to administer epinephrine;
  • Extend immunity from liability beyond school employees acting in good faith to the physicians that prescribe stock epinephrine to schools.

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mfgBadge1 OpengraphWe wanted to let you know of a fundamental change coming to the Safe Snack Guide, our 8 page guide of snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs relied upon by hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide.

Beginning with our next update, we will be introducing items clearly marked as containing eggs. The entries for these items will bear warning text as follows:
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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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