Start typing to perform a search...

District School Board of Niagara
Policy School Operations

G-18 Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergies)

Date Mar 2016
Review Mar 2021

All students and staff are entitled to a safe and healthy learning environment. The District School Board of Niagara will support schools in maintaining an environment that reduces the risks for all students and staff who suffer severe, life-threatening allergic reactions (Anaphylaxis). This Policy is in full compliance with An Act to Protect Anaphylactic Pupils: Sabrina's Law, 2005.


  1. A parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older that knows that their child/ward or themselves (in the case of a student 18 years of age or older), has a severe allergy to certain substances, foods, insect stings or may suffer reactions to drugs, the parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or older may request, in writing, that a School Administrator(s) have on file a written Emergency Action Plan. The Emergency Action Plan must be prescribed, in writing, by a physician.
  2. Under these conditions, the School Administrator(s) must make note of the Emergency Action Plan in the student’s Ontario Student Record Folder and make the plans for the emergency procedure known to appropriate staff, including transportation providers, so that assistance can be given to a student.
  3. Staff who suffer from severe allergic reactions are encouraged to self-identify to their School Administrator(s)/ Supervisor so that an appropriate action plan can be put in place should the need arise.


  • Nothing in this Policy shall prevent a School Administrator(s) or other staff member from administering emergency assistance to a student if the need arises.
  • Action plans will be developed consistent with the roles and responsibilities outlined in Ministry Memorandum #81 (1984) and the Education Act.


  • Policy G-15: Student Medical Information
  • Policy G-16: Administering Emergency Health Services to Students
  • Policy G-17: Provision of Health Support Services to Students
  • Administrative Procedure 1:38: Environmental Sensitivities
  • Administrative Procedure 3-12: Administering Health Support Services to Students
  • Administrative Procedure 3-13: Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergies, Food Allergies, Insect Bites, etc.)
  • Administrative Procedure 5-25: Disability Management – Early Intervention, Accommodations and Return to Work