Allergy Aware Policy
Due to the increasing number of students with allergies we are seeking to promote allergy awareness in our school community.
This is particularly relevant to students whose allergies cause an Anaphylactic reaction. This is a life threatening reaction, which can cause death by suffocation within minutes of a reaction commencing.
Anaphylactic reactions occur when the body’s sensitized immune system overreacts in response to the presence of a particular allergen. Anaphylaxis affects multiple body systems, including skin, upper and lower respiratory, gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular. The recommended emergency treatment for a student suffering an anaphylactic reaction is the administration of epinephrine (adrenaline) by an auto-injector (i.e. EpiPen or by an Anakit). The person affected must then be rushed to hospital to receive further medical attention, even if the symptoms decrease with the administration of the epinephrine.
The greatest risk of exposure is in new situations or when normal daily routines are interrupted, such as birthday parties or school trips.
The Whistler Waldorf School’s allergy plan has three components:
- Information, Education and Awareness
- Emergency Response.