What to do if your student has severe allergies

Many students have mild allergies, such as springtime reactions to tree and grass pollen that cause itchy, watery eyes and runny noses. These are not typically considered severe allergies.

Severe allergies

If your student has a severe allergy that is potentially life-threatening, you need to inform the school where your child attends and report it on the nurse alert form. Severe allergies are considered serious abnormal reactions of the body, which are potentially life-threatening. Schools need documentation of these health conditions and necessary treatment in order to effectively care for your student.

What you need to report

Severe allergies that must be reported include life-threatening reactions to:

  • Insects
  • Dairy
  • Nuts (i.e., peanuts)
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Other

These and other types of life-threatening conditions such as severe asthma must be reported to your student’s school through the required documentation before the student starts school.

Reporting severe allergies

If your student has a life-threatening allergy, you must complete the Allergy Individual Health Plan (IHP) before they can attend school. The school nurse will work with the student, parent/guardian and the health care provider to develop the plan.

Other forms that may be required include:

Note: All student health forms are available in the district forms library or in school offices.

When the allergy affects what your child can eat

If your student has special dietary needs due to their allergy, you may request accommodations from nutrition services. Go to the Special Diets tab of the Breakfast & Lunch Menus page for more information.