Anaphylaxis Procedures

Students enrolled at our school who suffer from significant health problems deserve and require a supportive and flexible school environment that understands and responds to their individual needs. The purpose of these procedures is to minimise the risk of an anaphylactic reaction by students in our care.

We have children attending St Joachim’s School who suffer from an anaphylactic reaction to insect bites, peanuts and/or tree nuts. These reactions can be serious and even life-threatening.

The symptoms of anaphylactic shock may include hives, itching, swelling, watery eyes, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, coughing, wheezing, throat tightness/closing, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fainting, loss of consciousness or a change of skin colour. The most dangerous symptoms are breathing difficulties or a drop in blood pressure, which can be potentially fatal.

At the present time we have a number of students who requires an EPIPEN (automatic injector device to administer adrenalin). As a community we can work together to minimise risks associated with being exposed to foods which trigger such attacks.

School Procedures

  • Our school tuckshop will not sell food items containing nuts. This does not apply to foods labelled ‘may contain traces of nuts’.
  • Food is not allowed to be shared between children.
  • Awards of food/sweets will not be given that contain nut ingredients e.g. chocolates.
  • Education for students on food allergies and healthy foods is incorporated into the school curriculum.
  • Parents and guardians are asked not to include nuts and nut products, especially peanut butter and Nutella, in their child’s lunch box.
  • We emphasize the importance of hygiene when eating food at home and at school – washing hands.

Whilst the school  can never entirely enforce or regulate what comes from home in each child’s lunch box, nor where foods contain traces of nut oil, we hope people will assist in working towards minimising the risks and looking at alternatives to nut products.