Texas Schools implement food allergy plans

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-- For parents of kids who have food allergies, heading back to school can be nerve wracking. Especially for parents like Valyoree Jackson.

"She (my daughter) still rashes out, face patchy, scaly, with pineapples."

Jackson's daughter is allergic to pineapples. She said they always made the school aware, but her daughter still had be cautious.

"She knew she couldn't have it, so don't eat it because it already has a bad affect on her."

According to the CDC, 3 million U.S. children and teenagers under the age of 18 have a food or digestive allergy, anything from peanuts to milk.

That's why Texas Schools are now implementing a "food allergy management plan."

"Texas Department of Agriculture has stepped in and they want to make sure that everybody, throughout the state is very consistent and it all comes back to child's safety," said, Roger Reed, the High School Principal at S&S.

He said they've already had an allergy plan in place, but now, every year, they will make sure that plan is updated.

Besides S&S school's, Sherman, Denison, Pottsboro, and Durant all have food allergy policies in place.

All the administrators we talked to say awareness starts with parents.

"Make sure that we do know that there is a food allergy. If we don't get that, from day one, it's very difficult for us to do," Reed said.

According to the USDA, when food is being prepared, handled and served to the students it's critical that they are not exposed to allergens. An Allergic reactions can occur with very little exposure.

"They have a separate meal, with the accommodations which are requested, by the parent or by the doctor and we make sure, it's really that simple," Roger explained.

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