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Chicago: Need for consistent policy on kids with allergies; 'roughly 2 students in every classroom'

May 14, 2018, Chicago Tribune: District 181 seeks consistency on food allergy management with new program Proposed food allergy management program will be brought for approval Monday to the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Board in an effort to bring consistency to the district’s nine schools. Superintendent Don White said creating a food allergy policy for use district wide wasn’t addressed previously because it wasn’t brought up as a concern…. “It’s important that we do everything we can to be as prepared as possible for situations with food allergies because this really is life and death.” … Katsenes said statistically, 1 in every 13 people under age 18, nationally, have a food allergy, a statistic also noted by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. “That’s roughly two students in every classroom,” Katsenes said, noting that more than 200 students in the district have known food allergies and there were about five incidents in the past year for which an EpiPen was used on a student having an allergic reaction. School nurses in District 181 keep EpiPens on hand that have been prescribed for specific students along with undesignated epinephrine auto injectors for needed use. The most common allergies seen in district schools are to peanuts and tree nuts. …

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