Food Allergy Research & Education Launches Online K-12 Course to Train Schools About Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis
Newly revised educational course now available for free for schools nationwide
McLEAN, Va. (April 24, 2018) – With increasing prevalence of food allergy among children, the need for evidence-based and simple, yet comprehensive, training for schools on caring for students with food allergies is critical. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is addressing this need with the release of a new online course to help school personnel learn how to create a safer and more inclusive environment for students with food allergies.
Aligned with the recommended best practices found in the “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs” previously released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FARE’s newly updated “Keeping Students Safe and Included” provides a much-needed training program that is easily accessible online for free and will improve understanding of the severity of food allergy among school staff who take the course.
“The CDC’s guidelines call for strong leadership in schools and partnerships among staff, families and medical providers to ensure that students with food allergies are protected and included. Unfortunately, we routinely hear from parents who have experienced a number of challenges with managing their child’s food allergy while at school,” said Carlea Bauman, vice president of Education and Community Initiatives at FARE. “Our new training course will provide educators with a foundation on the topic of food allergy, but importantly, it will also demonstrate how schools can implement a food allergy management plan that addresses safety and inclusion.”
With the new training course, FARE has created a resource that gives school personnel and parent volunteers choices about how this presentation can be delivered. Schools can opt to watch a narrated training video, or volunteers/school staff can deliver the presentation using slides, a presenter guide and presentation tips. The course concludes with a 10- question Knowledge Check, and participants may print out a certificate of completion if they pass the quiz.
In updating this training for K-12 audiences, FARE has worked to increase the interactivity of the course and to restructure the content to allow learners to focus on information about food allergies that is most applicable to them.
To access the course, please visit foodallergy.org/k12.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org and find us on Twitter @FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.