APS: Number of Students with Food Allergies Grows Substantially


Arlington Public Schools is seeing a growing number of students with reported food allergies, according to new figures reported by the system’s School Health Advisory Board.

About 1,150 students, or 5 percent of the student body, have been reported as having food allergies, according to figures presented to the School Board on Jan. 9. That’s nearly double the number reported as having allergies in the 2008-09 school year, although part of the increase may be due to improved self-reporting.

 Food items represent more than 90 percent of the allergies reported by students in the school system. They run the gamut from milk, eggs and peanuts to tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

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