School House Allergies

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Buying your child a school lunch can be low–cost and very convenient for any working parent, but what if your kid has a severe allergy? School District 51 may have the answers.
Grand Junction mom Trish Mahre has two boys who have two different types of allergies, "We have a 12-year-old severly allergic to cashews, and a 9-year-old allergic to eggs.
She says keeping her kids safe at home is enough of a challenge, but when her two boys are in the care of someone else it's a constant worry.
Especially with her older son Ryland, "He might ingest something he's allergic to and die," she says.
They both attend class in School District 51, along with thousands of other students.
With that many kids, nursing coordinator Tanya Marvin says the task of keeping track on exactly what each child is allergic to is daunting.
So for the upcoming school year, the district is making sure they are prepared for any allergic reaction.
The school will know exactly what type of allergy a student has and it's severity by using a coded system which includes what they are allergic to and which medication they should take if they have a reaction, "[The medication] has to be specifically ordered for that child, with a physicians order and the parent must provide the medications," Marvin says, "If we don't know the child is allergic, we can't react."
The staff will know what each child is allergic to before they dig in to their snacks or lunch to give moms like Trish, peace of mind.
Even though this policy is in place, and you are still concerned about your child ingesting something they are allergic to in school, School District 51 recommends the student should bring in a lunch made from home.


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