So as spoken about in my previous post I am facing a serious change in my high school. They are planning to switch to a single lunch instead of the current 2. Our school was built to have 2 lunches so if they do this we will not all fit in the cafeteria, therefore food will be allowed to be eaten throughout the halls and in the forum. I met with my principal today with my mum to discuss how this is risky for allergic students. There will be a higher risk of contact and inhalation reactions. It is my right to have a safe learning environment where I can feel safe and know that they have done everything can to ensure my safety. If they choose to go ahead with this plan and don’t make accommodations they will be breaking 3.5.1 of Sabrina’s Law. “Developing strategies that reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic agents in schools and COMMON SCHOOL AREAS.” I feel that the reason they are having a hard time accommodating is lack of awareness. If they were aware of the severity of anaphylaxis they would be more accommodating with allergies. I continued to stress to the principal that this was lives that he was risking and he did not see how that was more serious than the benefits of his common lunch.
I have been asked to speak at the next staff meeting on June 3rd to speak on behalf of allergic youth. I plan to stress the severity of anaphylaxis and how they can be accommodating. During
this time I will also be retraining them on how to use epipen and allerject. I just really hope that by hearing me talk they realize how serious this is and the emotional and physical effects of anaphylaxis that we deal with daily.