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Allergies & school meals

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by cleobud, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. cleobud

    cleobud New commenter

    Not sure where to post this but would appreciate knowing what others do.
    Is your policy on allergies and food, that a parent has to provide medical evidence of that allergy before allowances can be made for school meals? We have a parent who doesn't want their child to have a number of things due to allergies, but has no medical letter.
  2. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    I guess it depends whether this is a self-diagnosed allergy or they have had allergy testing and are under the paediatrician. It could be the parent noticed the child reacted in a certain way when they ate a food e.g. dairy but hasn't had them officially tested. If they have had the allergy testing then they should be able to provide you with the notes from the testing which will outline what the allergy is and the severity of the reaction.
  3. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    I'd just take the parents word for the allergy... why would you want to risk anything else?
    I have a food allergy, but no medical certificate... believe me, if you made me eat the offending food, I'd be very, very sick.
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  4. R13

    R13 Occasional commenter

    A request for evidence may seem reasonable to you but to the parents receiving it they will typically assume this school doesn't trust me at best and is possibly calling me a liar. Very damaging
    Pomza likes this.
  5. flyingdaisy

    flyingdaisy New commenter

    But we would be overrun with requests for individual dietary requirements based on nothing more than “ he doesn’t like carrots” (ergo he is allergic)
    I wouldn’t be taking anyone’s word for anything.
    Evidence all the way for me.
  6. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    What do you do when the parents have noticed an allergy or intolerance but have not yet had an official diagnosis?

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