Special Education Parental Advisory Council

Food Allergies

school kids at lunch table

Picture source: Wrightslaw

“About 7.6% of children have food allergies, while less than half of those have an epinephrine auto-injector prescription, according to a new study based on parent surveys.     Peanut, milk and shellfish were the most common allergens. ” -according to the American Academy of Pediatrics 2018

Resource Links:

Weston Food Allergy Community (WFAC) -Facebook Website


Dana Christensen

Vicki Gifford

Kim Smallman


Weston Public Schools Food Allergy Policy -last updated 2017

Weston Public School Food Services 


Weston Public School -Food Allergy Guidelines -Elementary Policy- last updated 2017

Weston Public School- Food Allergy Guidelines -Secondary Policy- last updated 2017

Massachusetts Law regarding access to epinephrine in schools 

Food Allergy Research & Education® (FARE)

Food Allergies | Healthy Schools | CDC

Food Allergies in School- toolkit CDC

Managing Food Allergies in Schools, The Role of School

Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies In Schools – Massachusetts

School guidelines for managing students with food allergies – Wrightslaw

A 504 Plan outlines how a school will address the individual needs of your child. Learn how to develop one with your school team.

Books for Parents:

Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family   by Susan Weissman

Weissman has a written poignant memoir of her son’s potentially deadly food allergies and has captured everything a parent of an allergic child feels. From diagnosis through management, her story will definitely hit home with allergy parents.

Caring for Your Child With Severe Food Allergies: Emotional Support and Practical Advice from a Parent Who’s Been There by Lisa Cipriano Collins

Food allergies can be life-threatening, and parents are often completely overwhelmed when their child is diagnosed. This book, by another parent of an allergic child, covers all kinds of situations, experiences, and feelings parents may have when dealing with severe allergies. It covers everything from identifying allergies to developing community awareness. Very handy!

Books for Children:

The ultimate list of Food Allergy Books for Kids