Illinois - Chronic Conditions—allergy plan: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law addresses allergy plan.

Illinois Administrative Code Title 23 Section 1.540 Undesignated Epinephrine Auto-injectors; Opioid Antagonists

c) Standing Protocol

1) A standing protocol for administering undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors or any opioid antagonist, asapplicable, shall be provided to the school nurse and trained personnel, as well as kept with or near the undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors or any opioid antagonist, as applicable.

2) The standing protocol shall state the hours of the day, days of the week and the school-sponsored activitiesduring which the undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors or any opioid antagonist, as applicable, will be available. A school is not required to have a school nurse or trained personnel available at all times nor at all school-sponsored activities to administer undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors or any opioid antagonist, as applicable.

3) The standing protocol shall provide that the undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors or any opioid antagonist, as applicable, be stored in and available daily at one or more designated, secure locations. For the purposes of this Section, “secure location” means an unlocked location that is inaccessible to students and/or visually monitored by an adult during the normal school day under routine circumstances.

4) The standing protocol shall include a written order for the undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors or any opioid antagonist that meets the requirements of Section 22-30(b) of the School Code. The written order required underthis subsection (c)(4) is valid for the school year in which it was provided and must be renewed each school year. (See Section 22-30(d) of the School Code.)


Illinois Administrative Code Title 23 Section 1.540 Undesignated Epinephrine Auto-injectors; Opioid Antagonists

g) Allergen Reduction Plan

Each school shall develop a written plan to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to allergens that addresses, at a minimum, lunchroom safeguards, classroom food policies, and identification of areas of the playground that are known concerns, such as those with insect colonies. A separate plan is not required if the school has addressed reducing the risk of accidental exposure to allergens in the plan adopted pursuant to Section 2-3.149(b) of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/2-3.149(b)].


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5/22-30 Self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication and epinephrine auto-injectors; administration of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors; administration of an opioid antagonist; asthma episode emergency response protocol.

(b) A school, whether public or nonpublic, must permit the self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication by a pupil with asthma or the self-administration and self-carry of an epinephrine auto-injector by a pupil, provided that:

  • (1) the parents or guardians of the pupil provide to the school (i) written authorization from the parents or guardians for (A) the self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication or (B) the self-carry of asthma medication or (ii) for (A) the self-administration and self-carry of an epinephrine auto-injector or (B) the self-carry of an epinephrine auto-injector, written authorization from the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse; and

  • (2) the parents or guardians of the pupil provide to the school (i) the prescription label, which must contain the name of the asthma medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time at which or circumstances under which the asthma medication is to be administered, or (ii) for the self-administration or self-carry of an epinephrine auto-injector, a written statement from the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse containing the following information:

    • (A) the name and purpose of the epinephrine auto-injector;
    • (B) the prescribed dosage; and
    • (C) the time or times at which or the special circumstances under which the epinephrine auto-injector is to be administered.

The information provided shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse or, in the absence of a school nurse, the school's administrator.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5/2-3.149 Food allergy guidelines

(a) Not later than July 1, 2010, the State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, shall develop and make available to each school board guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies. The State Board of Education and the Department of Public Health shall establish an ad hoc committee to develop the guidelines. The committee shall include experts in the field of food allergens, representatives on behalf of students with food allergies, representatives from the several public school management organizations, which shall include school administrators, principals, and school board members, and representatives from 2 statewide professional teachers' organizations. The guidelines shall include, but need not be limited to, the following:

  • (1) education and training for school personnel who interact with students with life-threatening food allergies, such as school and school district administrators, teachers, school advisors and counselors, school health personnel, and school nurses, on the management of students with life-threatening food allergies, including training related to the administration of medication with an auto-injector;
  • (2) procedures for responding to life-threatening allergic reactions to food;
  • (3) a process for the implementation of individualized health care and food allergy action plans for every student with a life-threatening food allergy; and
  • (4) protocols to prevent exposure to food allergens. (b) Not later than January 1, 2011, each school board shall implement a policy based on the guidelines developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies enrolled inthe schools under its jurisdiction. Nothing in this subsection (b) is intended to invalidate school district policies that were implemented before the development of guidelines pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section as long as such policies are consistent with the guidelines developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section.
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