Civil Rights Advocacy
- Meal consumption/allergens in the classroom and alternate locations.
- While prohibiting the consumption of allergens in the classroom would seem like an easy mitigation of this risk, this approach has not been a universally accepted approach. Since FAACT’s launch in January 2014, FAACT’s Civil Rights Advocacy Division has assisted over 4,000 families, many of whose main concern was a school’s refusal to prohibit a student’s allergens from being consumed in the student’s classroom. Through FAACT’s advocacy and assistance, many of these families who were facing the challenge of schools declining to exclude their student’s allergens from the classroom were able to receive accommodations requiring food items to be consumed outside of the classroom, in areas such as the cafeteria, hallway, or outdoors.
- If food is going to be consumed in the classroom, is enhanced cleaning, a larger room where students are going to be spaced further apart, or enhanced prohibition of food sharing needed.
- Enhanced handwashing.
- Face coverings for students with asthma.
- Cleaning protocols and cleaning products for students with asthma and/or allergies to cleaning products.
- Option to elect to utilize distance learning even when other students are participating in in-person education.
FAACT understands the uniqueness of the current COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate that this is an unprecedented public health crisis, and we understand that the AASA and school administrators across the county are making extraordinary efforts to ensure that students return to school safely. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding FAACT’s position and recommendation or should you wish to collaborate, please contact FAACT’s Vice President of Civil Rights Advocacy, Amelia G. Smith, J.D., at Amelia.Smith@FoodAllergyAwareness.org or at (662) 322-7434.
FAACT appreciates your prompt attention to this crucial issue affecting the near 6 million American children with food allergies.