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The FARE National Food Allergy Conference will be held May 14-15, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, FL, gathering the country’s leading food allergy experts and members of the food allergy community together for a weekend of world-class programming. Register now!

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Saturday, May 14 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Educating a Whole School Community about Food Allergies - One District's Journey

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After a child experienced a dangerous reaction to a food allergy, our school community became engaged in a hot debate - should food allergens be banned from all schools in the district or would that be unfair to kids who enjoy those specific foods?

We determined that it was imperative that we figure out how to keep all kids safe and imperative that we help our community reconnect with each other.

We formed a committee of parents, staff, and students.  Though we expected that this group of interested participants would all be "on the same page", we quickly discovered that there were passionate beliefs on both sides of the issue - even among families dealing with food allergies.  

Together, we embarked on a journey to educate our community about the facts of life threatening food allergies.  Moreover, we collaborated to help our community wrap their arms around all students so that our children feel understood and safe at school.

Our journey has not been down a straight path.  We've had ups and downs and discovered that one answer does not work for everyone.  We have a lot still to do, but are excited about the path we are on together.


Lori Bein, Ed.D.

Dr. Lori Bein is the Superintendent of Arlington Heights School District 25, a suburban Chicago district.  Following a child's dangerous reaction to a food allergy, Dr. Bein organized a district-wide committee of parents, teachers, and students with the goal of working together to better educate the entire district community about life threatening food allergies.

Virginia Hiltz

Ginny Hiltz is the Assistant Principal and Student Services Coordinator at a K-5 school.Windsor School also hosts a communications and foundations program serving children with special needs. Ms. Hiltz is an active member of the school district's Allergy Awareness Committee.
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Eric Larson

Principal, Patton Elementary School
I currently serve as the principal of Patton Elementary School, which is part of School District 25 in Arlington Heights, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. I have been working in education for 13 years and have served as a middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal, and now an elementary principal. | | I enjoy speaking with parents, teachers, and school administrators on ways to work collaboratively to ensure that... Read More →

Saturday May 14, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Florida Ballroom C

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