Preventing and Responding to Allergies

//Preventing and Responding to Allergies

Preventing and Responding to Allergies

MNSAA 3.07 – Supporting Health Requirements*

MNSAA schools are required to obtain documentation of any known allergy from students’ parent or legal guardian or the source of medical care. If a learner has a known allergy, the school must maintain current information about the allergy in the student’s record and develop an individual care plan. The plan must include but not be limited to a description of the allergy, specific triggers, avoidance techniques, symptoms of an allergic reaction, and procedures for responding to an allergic reaction, including medication, dosages, and a doctor’s contact information.

To meet this requirement, schools need to:

  • Ensure that each staff person responsible for carrying out the individual care plan review and follow it.
  • At least once each year or following any changes made to allergy-related information in the student’s record, the individual care plan needs to be updated and the responsible staff person informed.
  • Allergy information to support the students must be available at all times including at the school, when on field trips, or during transportation.
  • Food allergy information must be readily available to a staff person in the area where food is prepared and served to the child.
  • The school must contact the child’s parent or legal guardian as soon as possible in any instance of exposure or allergic reaction that requires medication or medical intervention.
  • The school must call emergency medical services when epinephrine is administered to a student.

While Minnesota Statute 245A.41 applies specifically to Child Care Centers, the MNSAA Board of Directors recently discerned preventing and responding to allergies in all school students is an essential safety requirement that is pertinent for all grades, Preschool-Grade 12. This requirement has now been integrated into our revised standards. Schools will be solicited as to their adherence to this requirement in the October basic information report.

(*As defined by MN Statute 245A.41)