If a student has a food allergy or intolerance, the student is required to have a signed health care provider (MD, NP, PA, DO) statement indicating their food allergy or intolerance and the type of reaction.
The Alabama State Department of Education requires every school to administer milk to Pre-K through second grade. Each student (Pre-K through second grade) must take a milk and place it on their tray.
Decatur City Schools recognizes the potentially serious consequences of children with allergies. These allergies may include a condition known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction brought about by exposure to certain foods or other substances. To ensure proper safety for your children and our students, Decatur City Schools requires a signed health care provider's letter/note for any student with an allergy to food, dairy or any allergen (grass, dust, pets, etc.) that could cause health problems during school hours. The signed health care provider's letter/note must be updated at the beginning of every school year.
NOTE: Once a health care provider writes a letter/note indicating a student's allergy, only a health care provider can change the status of the student's allergy. A parent cannot write a letter/note indicating the student may have food items that have previously been deemed as allergies by a health care provider.
Decatur City Schools does not claim to be, nor can it be deemed to be free of food items and non-food items that may lead to a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction. Our schools will make every reasonable effort to reduce the risk to children with severe allergies or anaphylaxis.
We live in a world that is contaminated with potential allergens. Children with allergies must learn to avoid specific triggers. While the key responsibility lies with the student and his or her family, in the case of a young allergic child, the childcare community must also be aware. Creating an environment that reduces the risk to severely allergic or anaphylactic children requires the co-operation and understanding of all members of Decatur City Schools, including staff, students and parents.
Having a signed letter/note from your child’s health care provider, indicating their allergy(s), severity, and how they are treated, is one of the most important steps in creating a safe school environment for everyone. As stated previously, this letter must be updated at the beginning of each school year. If you have any questions, please call your child’s school.