JHCCB: Strategies in Prevention & Management of Anaphylaxis in the School Setting

J: Students

The Board of School Trustees (the "Board") is committed to providing as safe a learning and teaching environment as is practicable for anaphylactic students. It is not possible, however, to achieve a completely allergen-free school as there can be hidden or accidentally introduced sources. Instead, schools must strive to become 'allergy-aware' through strategies to educate all students, parents, and staff about the allergy and the importance of working together to minimize the risk of exposure for the allergic child.

Even though each situation is unique and each child's allergies are different, there must be consistent strategies in each school. Schools must endeavour to minimize the risk of exposure without depriving the anaphylactic child of ordinary peer interactions or placing unreasonable restrictions on the activities of other children in the school. Parental involvement in all phases of planning must be encouraged as it can result in the greatest degree of success and community acceptance.


The Board, in consultation with Vancouver Coastal Health, has approved the attached regulations to provide assistance to schools in the development of school-based strategies (see Policy Regulation JHCCB - "R").

DMT Responsibility: LS-HR

Cross References: 
JHC-R: Health and Emergency Contact Information; JHCD: Administration of Medication
Adopted Date: 
Monday May 05, 2008