I'm pleased to let you know that our colleagues, Michael Pistiner and John Lee, have voluntarily created a free resource to assist the school nurses or designees to provide school-wide food allergy education. Schools.AllergyHome.org houses training/awareness modules that are consistent with the newly released CDC Voluntary Guidelines for the Management of Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs. The site houses training modules designed to bring population specific awareness to staff, students, and parents. The staff training module has been reviewed by a team of experts with vast experience in the management of food allergies in school. Notably, the module has been found to lead to significant improvements in knowledge, confidence, and positive attitude (especially concerning bullying) in a recent study by the Massachusetts School Nurse Research Network. Results were presented in posters at the Annual NASN Conference and at the New England Society of Allergy. A paper is currently in process, which will help to share and disseminate these findings more broadly.
This module has been used throughout the US and is accompanied by a post viewing quiz and certificate of completion. The tools provided have been designed to augment the current education being provided in schools. This may serve as a useful tool to educate staff, parents, and students in a way consistent with the new Federal recommendations.