Resources for Schools

Allergy Ready

Food Allergy Research and Education.

Online course to help teachers, administrators and other school personnel prevent and manage potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.

Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools


CDC’s tool kit contains tip sheets, training presentations, and podcasts to help school staff implement the Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in order to prevent and manage severe allergic reactions in schools.

Food Allergy Fact Sheets

Institute of Child Nutrition.

A series of fact sheets that provide an overview of food allergies, the top 8 food allergies, how to manage food allergies, and common questions regarding food allergies in Child Nutrition Programs.

Food Allergies and School: Keeping Students Safe and Ready to Learn Webcast

National School Boards Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This 90-minute Webcast addresses policies and practices to help improve food allergy management in schools. Features a comprehensive panel of presenters, such as national-level experts and legal counsel, a school board member and other critical school personnel, and parents and students.

Food Allergies in Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An overview of food allergies, including the symptoms of anaphylaxis, and statistics about food allergies.

Food Allergy Management Course

School Nutrition Foundation.

The Food Allergy Management course is designed to assist school nutrition professions in preparing for and appropriately serving students with allergies. This course is offered at no charge and is available in Spanish as well.

Special Food for Special Kids: A Team Approach to Accommodating Food Allergies and Special Diet Needs (April 2008)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

In response to the growing concern about food allergies in schools, this one-hour Webinar covered current laws governing special diet needs in schools, food allergy basics, non-allergic special diet needs, and the special diet management team.

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis: A NASN Tool Kit

National Association of School Nurses.

Comprehensive guidance and resources for food allergy and anaphylaxis management in the school setting, including planning and care algorithms, guidance for parents, checklists to assess program readiness, forms, and links to other resources.

School Guidelines for Managing Students with Food Allergies

School Nutrition Association; National Association of Elementary School Principals; National Association of School Nurses; National School Boards Association; The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

These guidelines define the responsibilities of the family, the school, and the student who has food allergies.

Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies in Schools

Massachusetts Department of Education.

The guidelines are presented to assist schools to develop and implement policies and comprehensive protocols for the care of students with life-threatening allergic conditions.

Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions Poster

Anaphylaxis Canada.

Poster designed for the classroom explaining what to do in the case of an allergic reaction.

Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The Awareness Campaign provides current, comprehensive, science-based information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Resources are available for school foodservice, school administration, and parents.

Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Diets (PDF | 346.91 KB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Quick fact sheets about Celiac disease and gluten-free diets.

School Nutrition Services

American Celiac Disease Alliance

Information about gluten-free diets for school foodservice. Articles, real school menus, and presentations about gluten-free menus in school foodservice are included.

Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs (PDF | 10.9 MB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Detailed guidelines to assist schools and care givers in keeping children with food allergies safe. The FAQs for this resource can be accessed here.