• Contact Us

    Texas School Health Program
    P.O. BOX 149347, MC1925
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7279
    Fax: 512-776-7555


Food Allergies

DSHS Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee - Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Minutes

July 28, 2017

April 7, 2017

February 3, 2017

October 28, 2016

DSHS Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee
List of Members

In response to the increase in students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis, two bills were passed into law during the 2011, 82nd Legislative Session, and one bill passed into law during the 2015, 84th Legislative Session. 

The first bill, House Bill 742, amended Chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code by adding Section 25.0022. This section requires a parent or legal guardian disclose, at the request of the school district, whether the child has a food allergy.

The second bill, Senate Bill 27, amended Chapter 38 of the Texas Education Code by adding Section 38.0151. This section requires the board of trustees of each school district and the governing body or appropriate officer of each open-enrollment charter school adopt and administer a policy for the care of students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis based on the guidelines developed by the Senate Bill 27-Ad-Hoc Committee.

The third bill, Senate Bill 66, also amended Chapter 38 of the Texas Education Code by adding Subchapter E.  Subchapter E states "each school district, open-enrollment charter school, and private school may adopt and implement a policy regarding the maintenance, administration, and disposal of epinephrine auto-injectors at each campus in the district or school".  Subchapter E also requires the establishment of a state-wide committee to examine and review the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to a person experiencing an anaphylactic reaction on a school campus. The Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee is tasked with advising the commissioner regarding 1) the storage and maintenance of epinephrine auto-injectors on school campuses, 2) the training of school personnel and school volunteers on the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors, and 3) a plan for trained school personnel or school volunteers to be on each school campus.  During the 2017, 85th Legislative Session, Senate Bill 579 passed into law and added private schools. 

Guidelines for the Care of Students with Food Allergies At-Risk for Anaphylaxis

The Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in consultation with the Senate Bill 27-Ad-Hoc Committee developed guidelines for use by local boards of trustees of school districts and governing bodies of open-enrollment charter schools. These guidelines and sample documents are meant to serve merely as a reference (and illustrative) guide and are intended to assist a district or charter school in developing and administering a policy for the care of students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.

Sample Trainings (under construction)
Samples of trainings based on the guidelines, to provide all school staff and volunteers the knowledge and skills to identify children with a possible allergic reaction to food, to begin implementation of a child’s Emergency Action Plan, administer epinephrine by auto-injector and to notify EMS.  

Administrative Regulations (under construction)
Sample procedures school districts may follow in order to implement the Guidelines.

Organizations and groups to support you in the administration of the Guidelines. 

Students with food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis emergency care plan for the school.
Emergency Care Plan - writeable
Emergency Care Plan - printable

Last updated July 18, 2017