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Things are changing, however, thanks to new state regulations and a growing awareness of food allergies among school communities.

Texas lawmakers passed a law requiring the state health commissioner to come up with statewide guidelines for how schools should manage severe food allergies. By the start of the 2012-13 school year, all schools will have to develop policies for keeping kids with food allergies safe on campus.

Martinez said the guidelines could include instruction on how teachers will be trained to prevent and identify symptoms of allergic reaction and how epinephrine is stored. Policies — such as who should administer possibly life-saving epinephrine shots — could vary by school districts, but they all should reflect guidelines that the health commissioner's committee will develop.
Central Texas districts have varying policies. Suzi David, the Hutto district's child nutrition services director, said Hutto does not offer peanut butter in elementary school but has stayed away from using the words "nut free" to describe any of its campuses because to do so, there would need to be parent participation, and it's difficult to tell parents what to pack.

Pflugerville has declared itself a peanut-free district, banning all products that have been processed in a nut factory from school lunches. Pflugerville uses SunButter , made from sunflower seeds, instead of peanut butter, in its lunchrooms. Several other districts, including Lake Travis, have started training their food service staff to provide meals for children on gluten-free diets.

New rules have been a difficult adjustment for some.

A group of Florida parents staged a protest in March over some of the restrictions imposed on their allergy-free children who were having to learn in a peanut-free classroom because one student had a severe peanut allergy.

Tracy Diggs Lunoff , the Austin district's administrative supervisor of health services, said there aren't any Austin nut- or lactose-free campuses.

"You can't say, with hundreds going in and out of a school every day, that there isn't a peanut butter sandwich there," she said. "I think it leads to a false sense of security instead of focusing on what needs to be focused on, which is the education, the awareness and the outreach."

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