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Guidelines for the Management of Life-threatening Allergies
(Ed. Code 494-3. 49414, 49423, 49423.5 and 49423.6)

San Mateo-Foster City School District is aware that anaphylactic reactions, most often caused by exposed to substances to which a student is allergic, can be life threatening.  The sources of these allergens are typically food, medicines, insects, and latex.  The risk of accidental exposure to these allergens can be reduced in the school setting when school staff, students, parents/guardians, and physicians work together to minimize risks and provide a safe environment.

When a student has a life-threatening allergy, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school staff of the student’s allergic condition. The student’s physician will establish specific treatment procedures and provide these to the school. School staff will be made aware of these procedures and be knowledgeable about the location of necessary medications and their administration. Training shall be provided to school site staff to recognize the reactions, follow the written procedures, and be aware of the District’s guidelines regarding life-threatening allergies.

District staff will work with parents/guardians on an individual basis to accommodate the needs of the student with allergies/potential anaphylactic reactions.

Administration of Medication

Medication (including over-the-counter and prescription medications) may be brought to school only (in its original packaging) with a written permission from the medical provider and the parent to have medication at school (Education Code 49423). Parents are responsible for providing ALL medications.  The school District provides no medication. Learn more on the SMFCSD Health Services page.