By January 2002, MDOE collated and edited the draft, and circulated it to members for review.
Representatives from MDOE and MDPH discussed the guidelines and encouraged parents, school nurses, and interested community members to become active participants in formulating local school district policies, procedures, and implementation plans.
The conference addressed five content areas: an MDOE representative introduced the guidelines and gave an overview of the content; a board-certified allergist provided an educational presentation on life-threatening allergies and discussed appropriate interventions for preventing and treating anaphylaxis; a parent discussed the difficulties of keeping a child with life-threatening food allergies safe; a school nurse leader presented information on developing a life-threatening allergy awareness program in schools; and a food service manager discussed challenges of feeding children with life-threatening food allergies in a school cafeteria.
Numerous federal and state agencies contacted MDOE and MDPH for copies of the document.
The MDOE continues to serve a similar number of immigrant and LEP students, and the distribution of the six largest language minority students remains similar today, although more recently these proportions appear to be changing due to an increase of students from Albania, Serbo-Croatia, and other countries in crisis.
Once schools were selected, a letter was sent from the MDOE commissioner to each district superintendent explaining the purpose of the study and expectations for participation, and encouraging district involvement.
Within each participating school, a random sample of required 8th and 10th grade classrooms was selected (at MDOE request) to enable comparisons to a Health Protection Fund evaluation survey conducted two years earlier.
in collaboration with MDOE, was administered to students during the winter of the 1995-1996 school year.