Sumner Co. Schools Approve Change In Food Allergy Policy
GALLATIN, Tenn.- The Sumner County Board of Education has approved a new food policy after a local middle school student started a campaign to protect students with severe food allergies.
In a meeting Tuesday night, the Sumner County Board of Education accepted a new policy that would allow each student with severe allergies to have an individual health plan, developed by the school nurse. Also peanut-free tables will be made available in the cafeteria.
The change comes after eleven-year-old Station Camp Middle School student, Tyler Edwards, brought the problem of allergy protection to school leaders. Edwards suffers from a severe peanut allergy, in fact, any contact with a peanut will result in a severe reaction.
Edwards has also taken his cause to the Tennessee state capitol. He is hoping to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill that would ensure an Epi-pen is kept at every school to help treat allergic reactions.
Statistics show 400,000 school age children have peanut allergies.