On the 6th February 2017, Western Cape Education Department sent out a circular to all Western Cape Schools supporting our ‘Allergy in Schools Policy’. We hope for the national roll out to follow soon. Many schools have been enquiring about training and actions plans. Action Plans and Discussion documents relating to the circular can be found here.
Brief summary of the “Allergies in schools” policy
The policy aims to:
- Establish a chronic illness action committee at every school.
- Ensure every child with a chronic health condition is identified and has both a chronic care plan and an emergency treatment plan, signed by their doctor and including a photo ID.
- Implement measures to reduce exposure to exacerbating factors for those at risk.
- Increase the availability and accessibility of emergency medication.
- Staff training in identification and treatment of severe health emergencies.
Please view our allergies in schools policy.
We encourage all educators to watch the video module Food allergy for your school community.
AFSA have developed a 2 hour ‘Allergy Awareness for Teachers’ online training programme. The teachers are registered on the AFSA Learning Academy Learning Management System, start with a Pre-Assessment and end with a Post Assessment – so we can accurately report on the learning improvement.
All teachers, and in particular, members of the ‘Allergen Action Committee’ and educators of learners with severe allergies, must complete the online ‘Allergy Awareness for Teachers’ Programme.
To register your school at the reduced rate of R1,000/school, please contact the Allergy Foundation of South Africa today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, for those schools with budgets are over stretched, we are seeking both Corporate and Private help for The AFSA Schools Allergy Training Sponsorship Challenge. We are offering to train schools for sponsorship of just R1000 per school – hugely discounted when you consider that there are an average of 21 educators per school! Our proviso is that the participating (recipient) schools must:
- commit to training at least 80% of their staff, and
- agree to the setting up of an ‘Allergen Action Committee’ at their school.
Many of our children are at risk. Please help us to keep them safe!