Welcome to our Educators Resource Page. This page contains resources, information and links for schools and childcare settings. Educators, allergists, and training professionals have all worked in the development of these resources to make them as informative and user-friendly as possible.
We thank you for taking the time to learn and make use of our resources, and we hope that you will involve all students in making school a safe and inclusive place for students with food allergies. It takes a village – or a school community – to make it happen.
Your school should develop an allergy management policy that works to ensure student safety. The following strategies should be considered as a part of the school’s overall allergy management policy:
Identification of at-risk students
Create an Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan for each student with allergies. An Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan is a written plan that is customized to each student with allergies. It lists the individual’s allergies, gives instructions on how to treat symptoms and provides directions on what to do in the event of an allergic reaction. In some provinces and territories, the plan is mandatory. Download a sample Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan.
Training and education
Consider our Allergy Aware free online training courses. Developed by Food Allergy Canada and Leap Learning Technologies Inc., in collaboration with the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the courses are interactive and mobile-friendly. Each course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and at the end of each course you can download your very own personalized certificate of completion:
- Anaphylaxis in Schools: What Educators Need to Know
- Anaphylaxis in Child Care Settings: What Staff/Caregivers Need to Know
The following are recommended to reduce the risk of exposure for people with food allergy:
- Establish cleaning protocols for classrooms and school common areas to reduce the risk of exposure to allergens.
- Implement hand-washing protocols where students wash hands after every meal to help prevent cross-contamination.
- Have teachers – or other adults (lunch monitors) supervise younger children during snacks and other meals, not students.
- Have the students follow a “no food sharing” policy.
Develop a communication protocol with strategies to educate and raise awareness of food allergies with parents, students, employees, and volunteers.
Reading labels: Classroom and kitchen safety
In all school and childcare settings, it is very important to understand how to read labels for allergens, and how to keep the classroom and kitchen safe by preventing cross-contamination. Many reactions are prevented by proper kitchen and food serving protocols. Find out more about reading labels, kitchen safety and avoiding cross-contamination.
Events and field trips
It is helpful to provide recommendations for teachers and staff on how to make birthday parties and other school events safe for students with allergies. When students are in new situations, they can be at greater risk for a reaction because their normal routine is changed. School trips and special events are not part of the daily routine and may present new risks. Read more on our Field Trips page.
School buses and other transit
To help keep buses safer, school administrators can speak with the transit company to find out if their drivers and staff have received emergency training in anaphylaxis management. You can respond to any knowledge gaps by arranging training. Many schools also have a “no eating” policy on school buses to help minimize risk. To learn more about bus safety, please visit our Field Trips page.
National school guidelines
For more information on school policies, review the Anaphylaxis in Schools and Other Settings guidelines – the national guidelines for anaphylaxis management in Canadian schools.
Developed by the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, in collaboration with Food Allergy Canada, this document includes key recommendations, based on the latest research, for the management and treatment of anaphylaxis in the community. It is available in both official languages.
Free classroom posters
- 5 emergency steps: Did you know that epinephrine should be given immediately – even before calling 9-1-1? To learn more, download the 5 Emergency Steps
- Think F.A.S.T poster: Download our Think F.A.S.T. poster – it’s a great poster to put up in eating areas (cafeterias), classrooms, and hallways.
- Anaphylaxis essentials: Learn everything you need to know about anaphylaxis, the most serious type of allergic reaction. The poster includes common causes and how to treat a reaction. Download the poster.
Educating students about food allergies
We have some fun and interactive ways that you can teach students about allergies to create an allergy-aware school community.
The Allergy Awareness Challenge: Elementary and High School curriculum
The Allergy Awareness Challenge programs provide free lesson plans, activities and worksheets to educate students about food allergies. Learn more about the Elementary School Program and the High School Program.
With this food drive, schools, organizations, and individuals across Canada are collecting allergy-friendly food in an effort to educate and raise awareness about food allergies and anaphylaxis. The Allergy-Friendly Food Drive allows others to get a glimpse into understanding the challenges faced by those at risk, especially when it comes to selecting safe options. It’s also a great way to learn more about what’s in your food, and how to read a food label. Learn more about the food drive.