This bill would require every school district that enrolls a student with a life-threatening food allergy to develop and implement a Food Allergy Management and Prevention Plan.

The plan would include food allergy safety and training, including epinephrine administration protocols; identifying students with known food allergies; and developing strategies for reducing exposure to allergens and treating allergic reactions.. Current law does not require, but rather recommends, that schools establish these programs.

“With diagnoses on the rise, it is increasingly important to ensure that schools are ready to provide safe learning environments for children with food allergies,” said sponsor Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton). “This bill would help ensure that Massachusetts kids are safe from allergens at school, both in the classroom and in the cafeteria.”

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