Dear District 109 Community,
This summer, a committee of parents and staff members will work to develop a Food Allergy Management Plan for District 109 that will establish procedures to allow our schools to be safe, healthy environments for all students. Denise Bunning, co-founder of Mothers with Children Having Allergies (MOCHA), will guide us in this important work. Denise, a parent of two children with severe food allergies, has helped other school districts create such plans, and is a co-author of Illinois House Bill 281, which established guidelines for managing food-allergic students for Illinois school districts. At an open meeting last night, attended by many parents and District 109 staff members, Denise shared her experiences, and her hopes and expectations for developing the District 109 plan. She also listened to ideas and suggestions from parents and staff.
We are looking for volunteers to join the District 109 Food Allergy Management Plan Committee. Members will represent each school; we will balance the types of allergies/issues represented among parent members. The work will take place over about three meetings, which may occur during the workweek, in the evening and possibly on weekends; there also will be work outside of meetings (including pre-meeting reading and other preparation). The time commitment is expected to be about 25-30 hours. We ask that members commit to attending all meetings; will try to build a schedule to accommodate all members but will select alternate members in case those chosen are unable to attend meetings.
If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, please fill out this form on or before June 23, 2014.
We will select committee members before July 1.
After the committee forms, they will be asking for input from all community members. Look for an email with a form to submit your suggestions and comments in the coming weeks; you'll also find the link to the input form if you follow the District's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Meantime, we hope that any interested community members will visit the MOCHA website at www.MOCHAllergies.org, where you will find many valuable resources, including:
- Illinois State guidelines for managing food allergies in schools
In addition, this Google+ community, the District 109 Food Allergy Forum, is designed for people to connect and share ideas and experiences. It's an open forum, so please share only the information you feel comfortable providing publicly, and please participate as a positive and respectful contributor to the community.