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									                                                 RISK MANAGEMENT
                                                    Anaphylaxis                                    POLICY

   APPROVAL               This policy is approved for publication by the Concordia                 EFFECTIVE
      TO                  Lutheran College Council having considered relevant legislation          16 September
    PUBLISH               dates and/or implementation requirement of users..                       2008

 Next Scheduled           All procedures have an automatic review date as specified. Review          REVIEW
  Review Date             dates cannot be greater than 2 years following implementation date         2 YEARS

   Access and             All sections of procedure will be visible on the Concordia Lutheran          Yes
   Availability           College intranet and published in staff handbook.

                          Availability for public access?                                              Yes

RECOMMENDATION                                                                                     16 / 09 / 2008
                                                                     Head of College

   APPROVAL                                                                                        16 / 09 / 2008

                                                                     Chairman of College Council

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                                 Risk Management - Anaphylaxis Policy

                                                                   Concordia Lutheran College
                                                                          154 Stephen Street
                                                                         Toowoomba Q 4350
                                                                                07 4688 2700

Section 1 - Policy
          Principles and Practices
          Policy Statement

Section 2 – Implementation of the Policy
          Risk Management
          Risk Reduction

Section 1 – Policy

Concordia Lutheran College recognizes the potentially serious consequences of
individuals with allergies. These allergies may include a condition known as
anaphylaxis, which is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction brought
about by exposure to certain foods or substances. Foods of particular concern
include peanuts and also tree nuts, which are defined as walnuts, almonds,
hazelnuts (filberts), Brazil nuts, pecans, cashews, pistachio nuts, pine nuts
(pignolias) and macadamia nuts. Non-food items such as latex, grasses and bee
stings can also bring about a life-threatening reaction.

Therefore, NO peanuts or tree nut products, which fall in the high-risk category, are
allowed on Martin Luther Campus where children may come into contact with these
foods. As with other policies of the College, staff, parents and children are expected
to comply, unless prior exemption has been granted by the Head of College.

Martin Luther Primary Campus or any other Campus of Concordia Lutheran College
does not purport to be, nor can it be deemed to be free of food items and non-food
items that may lead to a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction. The Campus will
make every reasonable effort to reduce the risk to children and adults with severe
allergies or anaphylaxis in accordance with this policy.

Principles and Practices

The following steps provide guidelines for staff, parents and students:

Informing and Educating:

Parents, teachers, students and the wider community will be informed that we live in
a world that is contaminated with potential allergens and anaphylaxis triggers and

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these present life-threatening risks to any individuals at our school who are affected
in this way.

While the key responsibility lies with the anaphylactic individual and his or her family,
reasonable steps will be taken by the school to help and support parents in educating
their anaphylactic child/children and their peers, in learning to avoid specific triggers.

The school will be supportive in creating an environment that reduces the risk to
severely allergic or anaphylactic individuals and acknowledge that this requires the
co-operation and understanding of all members of the school, including staff, children
and parents.

All staff will be in-serviced annually by accredited personnel in the use and
application of an EpiPen to treat severe allergic reactions and the procedures for
treatment in emergency situations.

This policy will be distributed to all parents whose child is in a class in which an
Anaphylactic Child has been identified. Parents are required to read the policy and to
adhere to the guidelines where applicable, with the aim of reducing the risks to
children who live with anaphylaxis as an everyday threat to their lives.

Section 2 - Risk Management

1.        Identification of Children at Risk

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to inform the school if their child has any
form of allergies, potential anaphylaxis or an anaphylaxis diagnosis. For the
administering of medication or EpiPens parents must provide the school with a letter
from their Medical Practitioner citing a record of their child’s diagnosis and the
treatment required. This must be listed on the Enrolment Form upon the child’s entry
into the school. Parents are also required to complete the Medical Form provided by
the school at the beginning of each year, updating their child’s medical condition and
including consent for staff to administer an EpiPen in emergency situations.

Parents will inform staff of specific reactions and symptoms that would indicate the
onset of an episode for their child. Parents must also supply the school with an
Action Plan for their child.

All staff shall be aware of these children. A poster of each child with allergies is
posted in the staffroom with their photograph, allergy, treatment and year level clearly

Children who are no longer allergic, or no longer require an EpiPen, must present a
letter of explanation from their doctor or allergist so their name may be removed from
the school’s allergy lists.

2.        Emergency Procedures and Practices

EpiPens, clearly labeled with the child’s name, will be stored in the Medications Box
in the staffroom during school hours and in the Outside School Hours Care room
after school. The Medications Box will be returned to the staffroom at the end of
each day. Students required to carry an EpiPen on their person will be provided with
a carry bag by their parents and it will be worn on their person at all times.

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Epipens will be checked monthly for expiry dates and the responsibility for prompt
replacement lies with the parents.

Emergency Steps
1.    Students or adults showing symptoms of allergic reactions will be attended to
      In classrooms or lessons - by the teacher in charge
      In the playground – by one of the teachers on duty

2.        The staff member/s will make an immediate assessment of the individual’s
          condition and symptoms and remain with the child at all times.

3.        The Office or an available staff member will be contacted immediately through
          the school’s internal telephone system, requesting delivery of the individual’s
          EpiPen and staff support.

4.        The office personnel will immediately contact emergency, requesting
          ambulance assistance.

5.        Parents or emergency contact personnel will also be immediately contacted
          and notified.

6.        Staff will complete an Incident Report Form to be filed in the child’s records
          after the incident.

3.        Risk Reduction

School Responsibilities
A list of High-risk foods will be published and provided to parents ensuring
awareness of foods that contain high levels of risk for anaphylactic children.

Teachers whose classes contain children who are in high-risk category for allergies
will make every endeavour to check foods that are shared and will offer guidance to
children with anaphylaxis, allergies and dietary considerations.

The Tuckshop will avoid stocking and selling foods that fall into the high-risk food
category. Particular attention and care will be given to the preparation of foods that
are available for individuals with allergies and dietary considerations.

Parent Responsibilities

Parents are expected to comply with the school’s request to avoid high-risk foods at
school and refrain from sending or providing these food items:
       1. in their child’s lunch boxes.
       2. as shared foods for special occasions or class activities.
       3. in providing foods for social occasions or whole school activities where
         food is shared.

Parents are expected to support the school in its endeavour to educate students
regarding the non-sharing food and the risks involved for children with allergies.

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