Anaphylaxis is the serious form of allergic reaction to a stimulus (e.g. peanuts), involving one or more of the body’s systems:  the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, the skin and the cardiovascular system.  Anaphylaxis can lead to a loss of consciousness or even death.  

Please find the following  Halton Catholic District School Board resources on anaphylaxis:

HCDSB Anaphylaxis Protocol

HCDSB Anaphylaxis Protocol​​ outlines the Board’s protocol and procedures for students diagnosed by a physician with anaphylaxis. The protocol contains the criteria outlined in Bill 3 An Act to protect anaphylactic pupils,  which includes: strategies to reduce risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents, a communication plan for the dissemination of information on life threatening allergies, regular training on dealing with life threatening allergies, development of an individual plan for each pupil who has an anaphylactic allergy and a requirement that every school principal maintain a file for each anaphylactic pupil. 

Avoidance Strategies for Allergens that cause Anaphylaxis

Avoidance Strategies for Allergens that cause Anaphylaxis provides school administrators and parents with information on strategies to reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents.

Board policy for peanuts and tree nuts is:
'Products that contain or ‘may contain’ peanuts and tree nuts are not to be brought onto school site.'

Board policy for other food allergens is:
Products containing a food allergen are not to be banned or restricted from the school as trying to eliminate the food allergen is not practical and impossible to police. However, where appropriate restricting a food allergen to a particular class MAY be considered as an avoidance strategy.

The Avoidance Strategies for Allergens that cause Anaphylaxis contains avoidance strategies for Health Canada’s Food Priority Allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and mustard. Other foods not listed on Health Canada’s Priority e.g. potatoes, kiwi are addressed in a generic formula. Also included in the package is avoidance strategies for non food allergens e.g. insect bites/stings and natural rubber latex.

Anaphylaxis Parent Guardian Package​

Anaphylaxis Parent Guardian Package​​​ provides parents/guardians with information on the responsibilities of the school, responsibilities of the parent/guardian, responsibilities of the student and the student management and emergency treatment forms to be completed and returned to the school administrator.