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Table 2 School Food Allergy Policies

From: Parent perspectives on school food allergy policy

Policy Yes No Unsure
  N = 289
School is a generally safe environment 210 (72.7) 54 (18.7) 25 (8.7)
Epinephrine Policies
 Emergency (stock) epinephrine is available 155 (53.7) 64 (22.2) 70 (24.2)
  Policy is Helpful (if responded “Yes”)/Needed (if responded “No”) 146 (94.2) 59 (92.2)  
 Children are able to carry their medications 167 (57.8) 86 (29.8) 36 (12.5)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 156 (93.4) 47 (54.7)  
 Child’s epinephrine is readily available in the classroom 145 (50.2) 129 (44.6) 15 (5.2)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed  
 Emergency (stock) epinephrine available on all school field trips (N = 287) 104 (36.3) 101 (35.2) 82 (28.6)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 95 (91.4) 82 (81.2)  
  Who carries epinephrine on field trips (if responded “Yes”)
   Teacher 60 (58.3)   
   School-appointed chaperone 15 (14.6)   
   School nurse 8 (7.8)   
   Unsure 6 (5.8)   
   Other 14 (13.6)   
 Emergency (stock) epinephrine available for after-school activities 30 (10.4) 136 (47.1) 123 (42.6)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 29 (96.7) 119 (88.8)  
  Who carries epinephrine during after-school activities (if responded “Yes”)
   Athletic trainer 1 (3.3)   
   School nurse 3 (10.0)   
   School staff 7 (23.3)   
   Other 19 (63.3)   
 Emergency (stock) epinephrine travels with every group 33 (11.4) 99 (34.3) 157 (54.3)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 29 (87.9) 82 (82.8)  
  Who carries epinephrine during after-school activities (if responded “Yes”)
   Athletic trainer 1 (3.0)   
   School nurse 4 (12.1)   
   School staff 10 (30.3)   
   Coach/teacher 9 (27.3)   
   Other 11 (33.3)   
Lunchroom Policies
 Designated lunch areas for students with food allergies 184 (63.4) 78 (27) 27 (9.3)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 128 (69.6) 25 (32.1)  
 School lunch menus with allergen information available 100 (34.6) 128 (44.3) 61 (21.1)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 93 (93) 110 (85.9)  
 Food items are labeled with allergen information 36 (12.5) 144 (49.8) 109 (37.7)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 33 (91.7) 116 (80.6)  
 Clear cleaning procedures in the lunchroom 160 (55.4) 34 (11.8) 95 (32.9)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 152 (95) 31 (91.2)  
Classroom Policies
 Snack policy in the classroom 178 (61.6) 98 (33.9) 13 (4.5)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 159 (89.3) 63 (64.3)  
 Strict food guidelines for celebrations (holidays and birthdays) (N = 287) 153 (53.3) 120 (41.9) 14 (4.9)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 138 (90.2) 96 (80)  
  What are the recommendations (if responded “Yes”)
   Food with a clear ingredient label is allowed 59 (38.6)   
   No food is allowed 48 (31.4)   
   Unsure 4 (2.6)   
   Other 42 (27.5)   
Field Trip & After-School Policies
 When food is not provided by the school for field trips, all parents are provided with food guidelines 74 (25.6) 154 (53.3) 61 (21.1)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 58 (78.4) 104 (69.3)  
 Strict food policies for after-school activities 23 (8.0) 161 (55.7) 105 (36.3)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 22 (95.7) 120 (74.5)  
 Concessions are clearly labeled for food allergens 18 (6.2) 152 (52.6) 119 (41.2)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 18 (100) 133 (87.5)  
Food Allergy Education Policies
 Training and education for students 31 (10.7) 207 (71.6) 51 (17.7)
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 28 (90.3) 177 (85.5)  
 Educational materials in the lunchroom relating to food allergy 18 (6.2) 176 (60.9) 95 (32.9)
 Policy is Helpful/Needed 14 (77.8) 136 (77.3)  
 Educational materials in the classroom relating to food allergy (N = 287) 16 (5.6) 210 (73.2)  
  Policy is Helpful/Needed 13 (81.3) 161 (76.7) 61 (21.3)
Transportation Policies
 Children take the school bus to/from school 129 (44.6) 155 (53.6) 5 (1.7)
  Adult on school bus to/from school is trained on allergic reactions (if responded “Yes”) 48 (37.2) 33 (25.6) 48 (37.2)