Plan To Ensure Safety For Students With Severe Allergies
On January 1, 2006 the Anaphylactic Students Protection Act, better known as Sabrina’s Law, came into effect.
There are students at Metropolitan Preparatory Academy who are susceptible to anaphylactic reaction, which is a severe allergic reaction to a food, insect bite or medication.
Sabrina’s Law requires all schools to create strategies to reduce risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents in classrooms and common school areas. We ask that you help us take care of these students by packing lunches and snacks that are free from peanuts or nuts. Please read the label of any food you plan to send to school with your child. If the label says “Contains nuts” or “May contain nuts or peanuts” please do not sent it to school. Metropolitan Preparatory Academy is not a “peanut and nut free school”, therefore children with known allergies should still take all precautions, such as not buying food from the vending machines or vendors, and should not accept food from other students.
Students who are severely allergic to bees or wasps should be very careful in the spring and fall not to eat foods outdoors, as bees and wasps will be attracted to the food. Any student who notices a hive in the vicinity of the school should notify the principal of its location, so that we can have it removed.
If your child has an allergy to food, insect bit or medication, which could lead to an anaphylactic reaction, we recommend that your child carry their epi-pen with them at all times and not leave it in a locker. It is very important that the student tell their teachers where the epi-pen may be found in case of an emergency.
This law is a very important one and can only work if parents, students, teachers and staff understand the seriousness of these severe allergies. If your child develops an allergy that can result in an anaphylactic reaction, it is imperative that you notify us immediately.
If you have any questions, please fee free to contact Debra McKelvey at the school.