Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Food Allergy Guidelines

Local Policies Required by January 1, 2011

Per Public Act 96-0349, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), has released the Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Illinois Schools. These guidelines were assembled by an ad hoc committee comprised of experts in the field of food allergens, representatives on behalf of students with food allergies, representatives from public schools management organizations, and representatives from two statewide teachers organizations.

By January 1, 2011, each school board is required to implement a policy based on these guidelines. Also, at least every two years, an in-service training program for school personnel who work with students must be conducted by persons with expertise in anaphylactic reactions and management. The initial training is to be conducted by August 13, 2011 (within two years of the effective date of this Act).

Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Illinois Schools

The following list of forms, documents and information are included in the above guidelines. Please feel free to directly copy or modify to fit school or district needs.

If you have questions, please contact Nutrition Programs Division at 800/545-7892 or