The “Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2007” that was signed into law by Governor Spitzer on Aug. 13, 2007, requires the Commissioner of Health and the Commissioner of Education to develop policy guidelines to manage food allergy risks and prevent anaphylaxis resulting from allergic reactions in schools. The guidelines will be issued to schools by July 30, 2008, and all New York schools will be required to develop policies and procedures accordingly. The Commissioner’s guidelines will address:

  •  A procedure and treatment plan for responding to anaphylactic shock, including responsibilities of school nurses and other appropriate school personnel; 
  • A training course for appropriate school personnel for preventing and responding to anaphylactic shock; 
  • A procedure and appropriate guidelines for development of an individualized emergency health care plan for children with a food or other allergy that could result in anaphylaxis;
  • A communication plan for intake and dissemination of information on children with a food or other allergy that could result in anaphylaxis; and 
  • Strategies for reduction of the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents, including food and other allergens.

We will update you on the new guidelines when they are issued.