Allergy/Anaphylaxis Policy

A Reminder about Allergies

NFC currently has dance students with severe life threatening nut allergies. To provide a safe environment for all our dancers, we ask that members read and adhere to our allergy policy. A copy of this policy is available on our website and posted in our dance room.


Any parent that has a child who has an anaphylactic allergy should inform a member of Newcastle Family Connection board or the instructor so the proper procedures can be put into place during class time. 


If you have any questions, please email us at


Thanks for support!

Newcastle Family Connection Board of Directors 


Anaphylaxis Policy: Reducing the Risks



Newcastle Family Connection, Inc. recognizes the need to adhere to the principles of Bill 3, Sabrina’sLaw. This Policy and related Administrative Procedures provide direction to all staff, parents, and the dance community in understanding and fulfilling the

company’s responsibilities regarding anaphylaxis.



It is the policy of Newcastle Family Connection, Inc. to develop awareness about the management of allergens, establish avoidance strategies to reduce the risk of exposure, provide training on dealing with life-threatening allergies, and develop emergency

response procedures.


3.1 Newcastle Family Connection, Inc. is legally unable to guarantee zero exposure to allergens, but shall outline strategies to reduce the risk.


3.2 Newcastle Family Connection, Inc. shall provide resources to ensure staff training for allergy awareness that includes avoidance strategies as well as emergency procedures for life-threatening allergies.


3.3 The Board shall ensure that members of Newcastle Family Connection Inc. address anaphylaxis awareness, avoidance, and emergency procedures as per the Guide and plan.

3.4 Each teacher shall receive a Prevention and Management Anaphylaxis and the Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan to address students with anaphylaxis during class time.





Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to any stimulus, having sudden onset, involving one or more body systems with multiple symptoms. The symptoms can be fatal, resulting in circulatory collapse or shock.



In Canada, the most common allergens are:

• foods

• insect stings (e.g. yellow jackets, wasps, bees)

• medication.

The less common allergens are:

• latex

• exercise.

It is important to note that any food can cause a reaction. In Canada, nine

foods are listed as causing 90% of all life-threatening reactions. They



• peanuts

• tree nuts (almonds, hazelnut, cashews, pistachio)

• milk

• egg

• fish

• shellfish

• sesame seeds

• soya

• wheat.


Hidden sources of allergens could include:

• insects

• play dough

• stuffed toys

• crayons

• cosmetics

• suntan lotions

• disposable gloves

• plastic containers.


These are the most common allergens, but are not an exclusive list.




Newcastle Family Connection Inc.’s duty is to provide a safe environment for all students. The Prevention and Management Anaphylaxis Plan shall fulfill their

obligations by:


• sharing information and creating awareness through The Prevention and Management Anaphylaxis Guide

• developing reasonable procedures for avoidance of potentially anaphylactic situations; and

• executing appropriate emergency procedures.


While recognizing the parent’s rights to food choices for his or her child, most parents acknowledge the right to life and safety as greater, and will support procedures which protect the allergic child.



Bill 3, Sabrina’s Law - Statues of Ontario 2005

Anaphylaxis Canada

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