Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may involve systems of the entire body. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical treatment and follow-up care by an allergist/immunologist.
The Highline Public Schools board of directors expects school administrators, teachers and support staff to be informed and aware of life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and how to deal with the resulting medical emergencies. For students, some common life threatening allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, fish, bee or other insect stings, latex and some medications. Affected students require planned care and support during the school day and during school sponsored activities. Additionally, any student could potentially have a life threatening allergic reaction even without a history of such.
Parents/guardians are responsible for informing the school about their student's potential risk for anaphylaxis and for ensuring the provision of ongoing health information and necessary medical supplies. The district will take reasonable measures to avoid allergens for affected students. The district will also train all staff in the awareness of anaphylaxis and prepare them to respond to emergencies. Additionally, student specific training will be provided for appropriate personnel.
Even with the best efforts of the district, staff and parents/guardians need to be aware that it is not possible to achieve a completely allergen-free environment. However, the district will take precautions to reduce the risk of a student with a history of anaphylaxis coming into contact with the offending allergen in school.
Student Immunizations and Life Threatening Conditions - Policy 3413
Medications at School - Policy 3416
Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications - Policy 3419
Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Policy 2162
Anaphylaxis – Policy Guidelines – Procedures Reports - RCW 28A.210.380
Students with Asthma and Anaphylaxis - RCW 28A.210.370
Children with Life-Threatening Health Conditions – Medications and treatments orders – Rules - RCW 28A.210.320
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: August 12, 2009
Revised by the Board: 05.12, 12.12, 8.19, 11.19