21 U.S.C. § 2205 Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management

LibraryUnited States Statutes
CurrencyCurrent through P.L. 118-34 (published on www.congress.gov on 12/26/2023), except for [P. L. 118-31]
Citation21 U.S.C. § 2205

(a) Definitions

In this section:

(1) Early childhood education program

The term "early childhood education program" means-

(A) a Head Start program or an Early Head Start program carried out under the Head Start Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9831 et seq.);

(B) a State licensed or regulated child care program or school; or

(C) a State prekindergarten program that serves children from birth through kindergarten.

(2) ESEA definitions

The terms "local educational agency", "secondary school", "elementary school", and "parent" have the meanings given the terms in section 7801 of title 20.

(3) School

The term "school" includes public-

(A) kindergartens;

(B) elementary schools; and

(C) secondary schools.

(4) Secretary

The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

(b) Establishment of voluntary food allergy and anaphylaxis management guidelines

(1) Establishment

(A) In general

Not later than 1 year after January 4, 2011, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall-

(i) develop guidelines to be used on a voluntary basis to develop plans for individuals to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs; and

(ii) make such guidelines available to local educational agencies, schools, early childhood education programs, and other interested entities and individuals to be implemented on a voluntary basis only.

(B) Applicability of FERPA

Each plan described in subparagraph (A) that is developed for an individual shall be considered an education record for the purpose of section 1232g of title 20 (commonly referred to as the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974").

(2) Contents

The voluntary guidelines developed by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall address each of the following and may be updated as the Secretary determines necessary:

(A) Parental obligation to provide the school or early childhood education program, prior to the start of every school year, with-

(i) documentation from their child's physician or nurse-

(I) supporting a diagnosis of food allergy, and any risk of anaphylaxis, if applicable;

(II) identifying any food to which the child is allergic;

(III) describing, if appropriate, any prior history of anaphylaxis;

(IV) listing any medication prescribed for the child for the treatment of anaphylaxis;

(V) detailing emergency treatment procedures in the event of a reaction;

(VI) listing the signs and symptoms of a reaction; and

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