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School policy of CPR- trained individual to administer Epi-pen

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By mylaperez on Thu, 09-15-05, 19:39

Hello. I just want to vent my concerns regarding my 7 yr old son, EP, who is in the 2nd grade at a unified school district.

My son has section 504 designation and the school has made accomodations for him since he was in kindergarten. Now, after a meeting with the vice-principal, I was told that EPI-PEN must be administered by a CPR- trained individual per policy. I did not know that and was not told by the school for the past 2 years. The School nurse is only available 1 day every-other week, and the school aide is available everyday between 10:00am-1:00 pm.
Since no one else is CPR-trained, how is my child protected under 504?

I will aggressively pursue this matter with the school district until we are satisfied with the school's accomodations for my son's safety.

Anybody else with this situation? I appreciate your feedback. Many Thanks. MP


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By qdebbie1 on Thu, 09-15-05, 19:45

Has the school privided this new information to you in writing. It is so important to document everything. I would simply ask to have a copy of this in writing so you can have time to look it over and think about.

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By Nutternomore on Fri, 09-16-05, 00:51


I see that you live in CA (like me). Check out this post:


I've linked in the state law passed in 2001 which lays out the ability for school districts to delegate the Epi-Pen administration [i]subject to certain conditions[/i].

I think there is another posts here from last year where a parent had a similar issue. I seem to recall, that unfortunately, in CA a district can decide that whoever is delegated the responsibility must be CPR-certified.

However, if you have a 504 accommodation that isn't being met, I agree that you need to document it and request that you reconvene the entire 504 team to address. If they refuse to delegate to non-CPR certified folks, then some alternatives that could be examined are: (1) place a full-time nurse at the school, (2) hire an aide who is CPR-certified who will shadow your child for the time gaps that represent risk [that's the approach our district took - to have an aide shadow DS for most of the day], (3) get them to re-think their delegation policy and allow some non-CPR certified folks to administer...

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By solarflare on Fri, 09-16-05, 05:42

You might also want to check the contract that the teachers union has with your school district. In my district, it's written into the contract that teachers can not be required to administer any medication. Depending on whether your district's union has a similar policy, it may further limit who can/will administer meds to your child.

Cheryl, mom to Jason (8 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg),Joey (6 NKA) and Allison (2ish milk allergy, and a few suspected fruit allergies)

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