5185 - Anaphylaxis

Policy #5185 Anaphylaxis title box

The Boards of Directors of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Southwest Vermont Union Elementary School District, Mount Anthony Union School District, and North Bennington Graded School District recognize that anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction that usually occurs within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen. Reaction ranges from mild self-limited symptoms to rapid death (peripheral vascular collapse). Anaphylaxis can occur in those with known or unknown hypersensitivity to a food, insect venom, a drug, latex or other allergen.

It is the policy of the board that immediate and appropriate intervention shall be provided to assure the most successful management of an anaphylactic episode. Intervention includes the following:
  1. Prompt recognition of signs and symptoms
  2. Administration of appropriate medication
  3. Rapid transport to an emergency facility
Parent/guardian (or those designated by parent/guardian) will always be notified immediately after medication is given and emergency transport is initiated.

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All Schools should have trained personnel able to respond to a student/staff member having a severe allergic reaction. Written allergy emergency health care protocols should be readily available


Obtain written medical order for EpiPen/EpiPen Jr. annually and stock up-to-date medication.

Unknown hypersensitivities should only be assessed and managed by the Registered Nurse. If nurse is not available staff should call 911.


  1. All persons with known hypersensitivities should provide signed Anaphylaxis Plan available at the school.
  2. The School Nurse will provide education to staff.
  3. Refer to individual Anaphylaxis plan for medical management. Parents/guardians will be notified in a timely manner after medical treatment has been initiated.


  1. Parents/guardians shall provide prescribed medications and signed Anaphylaxis Plan annually.
  2. Inform necessary staff of student allergies.