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Partner With Your School to Promote Teal Classrooms This Halloween

 
We've updated our Teal Classroom™ Kit! Learn more about raising food allergy awareness in the classroom and download your own copy.

Did you know that 45% of severe allergic reactions in schools begin in the classroom?1 About 20-25% of allergic reactions requiring epinephrine in schools occur without a prior history of food allergy.2

Many schools are moving away from celebrating holidays with food in the classroom. If your school chooses to celebrate Halloween, partner with key school staff and families to plan holiday festivities in alignment with your school’s wellness plan.

Ask your school to #KeepItTeal with Teal Pumpkins and Teal Apples! Share this Teal Classroom™ Kit Download PDF with your child's teacher. Or ask if the administrators will share it with all the staff. The Teal Classroom Kit includes a letter to the teacher, the Teal Classroom Halloween resources and food allergy awareness handouts.

How to Use the Teal Classroom Kit

Teal Classroom Signs

Ask your child's school to display “This Is a Teal Classroom” signs. It encourages staff and volunteers to have non-food treats.

Teal Classroom Stickers

Download and print our “Teal Classrooms Rock” stickers. These are great to put on treat bags of non-food items. Or attach them to a note for students to take home to ask their parents to #KeepItTeal and have non-food items available for trick-or-treaters.

Coloring Pages

Share our coloring pages in the classroom or during a Halloween activity. These make a great message to send home. Ask the teacher to raise awareness about food allergies before the class celebration with a short lesson on inclusion and keeping friends safe.

Non-Food Treat Ideas

Ask the teacher to send home this list of non-food treat ideas for parents to send to school instead of candy. Ask the administration to include the list in the school-wide newsletter.

keep-it-teal-non-food-treats

Educational Handouts

Encourage the teacher to read and share food allergy education and awareness handouts with other staff and administrators. You can find handouts on our website:

Follow our community's blog for more ideas to promote food allergy awareness and inclusiveness in schools. Our community also provides an opportunity to connect with others who manage food allergies.

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References

1. Data Health Brief: Epinephrine Administration in Schools. Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Community Health Access and Promotion. School Health Unit. 2009-2010.

2. Sicherer SH, Furlong TJ, DeSimone J, Sampson HA. The US Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy Registry: characteristics of reactions in schools and day care. J Pediatr. 2001;138(4):560-565.

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