Students in Michigan's public schools are heading back to the classroom on Tuesday. You've got their school supplies, backpacks, teacher assignments, and lunch boxes. However, the back to school check list is not complete for food allergy parents.
With school starting in a few days and it being a holiday weekend, last minute items can be hard to accomplish. If you are late getting your food allergy preparations done for school, here are some basics that you can take care of the first day.
- Drop off an epinephrine injector
- Give your child a note for each of their teachers explaining their food allergy and where their medications are located
- If you do not have a safe lunch zone for your child yet, have them take a small kitchen towel to place their lunch box on top of. If you are able, pick them up for lunch until you have spoken with the school and figured out an appropriate lunch plan.
- Make an appointment with the principal and school nurse to discuss your child's safety at school
- If your child's classroom allows treats, pack a container of safe treats for your child. Have your child give it to the teacher to hold for situations when treats are given to the class. Your child can eat a safe treat out of his/her box instead.
We all find ourselves behind sometimes. After the first day, make sure to follow up with the school regarding your child's food allergy needs. The most important thing to make sure happens by the first day of school is to have an epinephrine injector at the school, for your child, in case of an emergency.