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Locked up epi pens - is it a law?

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By Lidia on Thu, 06-17-99, 18:13

I have been trying to find out if there is a NY sate law regarding the locking up of epi pens. I have read on other threads that members have their epi pens with them at all times. If it IS a law, how do you get around that? Also, what about a school that doesn't feel it is necessary to be classified under 504?

My district, supposedly has 40 food allergic kids - none with a 504. I guess those parents are all ok w/ the policy of locked epi pens in the nurses office.

My son Is most likely airborne allergic ( he broke out in hives moments after peanut brittle was eaten in the same room as him). I am concerned about the cafeteria. How do I find this out definitively?

Any information will be helpful.

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By Kathryn on Sat, 06-19-99, 15:01

Hi, when I want to know more about Canadian legislation I visit my local public library which has copies of all federal and provincial statutes. Does your local library have copies of state and federal laws? If not, can your state representative's office help you find out what law is in place, if there even is one. Locally, a school told a parent that all medication had to be locked up but in fact there was no law or school board regulation that mandated that. It pays to check. My four year old son carries his epi-pen to and from school in his back pack front pocket and there is an additional one in the teacher's desk. I would not agree to locking either of them up.

[This message has been edited by Kathryn (edited June 19, 1999).]

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By Lidia on Sun, 06-20-99, 17:10

Thanks for the ifo Kathryn. I did find out from a nurse at the NYS dept of Ed that there is NO law regarding locking up any medications. There is, however, guidelines they recommend. I feel I can get around a guideline a lot easier than a state law. The woman I spoke with was wonderful. She gave me some tips on how to deal with the school. The first was.. don't intimidate. Then just ask how are they going to guarantee that your child is safe. Every answer they give you. Answer with a more detailed question of their answer.
For instance, They say that the nurse keeps it locked..if she isn't there who has the key..what if she isn't there ..and what if she isn't there. If they seem frustrated or annoyed. you answer that your child's safety means everything to you and you need to be comfortable leaving him.
One thing I didn't agree with was she said to arrange a meeting 6 mos before he enters school. I plan to begin earlier than that.
She suggested, also, to call neighboring districts to find out their policies.

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By Tammy Lynn on Sat, 06-26-99, 21:15

My daughter's school in North Carolina wanted to lock up her Epi-pen. I asked if the school nurse would be in the room at all times and was told she would not. I explained in a very calm manner that if my daughter had a reaction, they would not have enough time to find the nurse or fumble with the key in order to unlock the cabinet. (Could you imagine the fumbling that could occur in a panic?) We then agreed that if her doctor wrote a letter stating that her medications was not to be locked up then the teacher could keep it and Benadrly with her. Of course the doctor was happy to write the note. In a calm, matter of fact manner, try to explain to them that the time it takes to find the nurse and key could mean life or death to your child.

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