This year at EDS we have one or more students in each preschool classroom with nut allergies. Best practices for management of nut allergies in these rooms were reviewed at the beginning of the year. Preschoolers are too young to monitor their environment and thus the following protocols were put in place: A reminder sign on the classroom door; communication to preschool parents regarding the allergies and to be mindful when treats are brought into the classroom; all faculty, students, parents, and visitors must clean their hands upon entry to the room with the wipes or Purell provided at the door; peanut butter products will not be eaten by faculty in the classrooms to prevent cross contamination; and classroom and lunchroom tables are carefully wiped after eating. We also reviewed where student epipens are kept and how to administer.
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