Public Act 96-0349
Food Allergy Guidelines Committee(Completed June, 2010)
By July 1, 2010, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), shall make available to each school board guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies developed by an ad hoc committee.
The ad hoc committee shall include:
- Experts in field of food allergens
- Representatives on behalf of students with food allergies
- Representatives from public school management organizations (school administrators, principals, and school board members)
- Representatives from two statewide teachers organizations
The food allergy guidelines shall include:
- Education and training for school personnel* who interact with students with life-threatening food allergies on the management of students with life-threatening food allergies, including training related to the administration of medication with an auto-injector;
- Procedures for responding to life-threatening allergic reactions to food;
- Process for implementation of individualized health care and food allergy action plans for every student with life-threatening food allergy; and
- Protocols to prevent exposure to food allergens.
*School and district administrators, teachers, school advisors and counselors, school health personnel, and school nurses
By January 1, 2011, each school board shall implement policy based on these guidelines. Also, at least every two years, an in-service training program for school personnel who work with students must be conducted by persons with expertise in anaphylactic reactions and management.
Nutrition Programs Division; Illinois State Board of Education, 800/545-7892 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Division of Food, Drugs and Dairy; Illinois Department of Public Health, 217/785-2439