Epi Pen Locked Away?

Posted on: Tue, 07/29/2003 - 5:13am
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My PA daughter (3) starts preschool 8/25. I spoke to the school ~ they are peanut-free and inspect all treats entering the school. They also don't allow 'may contains.' A friend of mine heard the director arguing with a parent once behind closed doors. The parent threatened to withdraw over having to take the peanut treats back home, and the director said, "Fine, we have a waiting list. Withdraw." I love that she wouldn't give an inch. The only problem I have with the school is that the Epi Pens are in the teachers' locked boxes. I was told never to allow the school to lock your child's Epi Pen up. What are your thoughts?

Posted on: Tue, 07/29/2003 - 7:23am
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I personally would not allow my child's epi-pen to be locked however, I would be very careful at the way I approached this. You are very lucky to have a pre-school so ready to stand-up for you. I would approach it gently, yet strong, as they are "on your side".
If it were me I would thank them profusely for their support and really stress that there are many out there who don't understand. I would express concern about the locked epi-pens. The many scenarios could be:
1) the key gets lost
2) the keeper of the key is out that day
3) the keeper of the key accidentally takes it home
4) during an emergency, the keeper cannot get the key in the lock (my mother couldn't dial 911 when she thought her Dad had a heart attack)
Maybe suggest you both find a secure and safe place out of reach of the children...on top of a file cabinet for example.

Posted on: Tue, 07/29/2003 - 7:33am
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I agree with Laurens Mom. Sounds like the epi is with the teacher, not far away, which is good. If it must be locked, make sure the box can be smashed open or something in case the key is lost or in case the lock malfunctions. It's not the lock per se that's bad, but the possibility that the epi will not be reachable in an emergency. As long as the box is flimsy enough to be smashed open in an emergency, the lock would not bother me too much.
The director sounds great. Would have loved to see the look on that mother's face!

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 12:50am
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You are right. I called back today to discuss it (gently) and she said "Locked" actually meant "child proof." There is no separate key, you just have to be an adult and know how to work the box. The box is in each teacher's room right in the class. I love this school!!

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 7:59am
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There was a post here (I wish I could find it!) a while back about a guy (adult) who knew he had an allergy - ate at a chinese buffet - reacted and died in the front seat of his car where he went for his Epipen that he kept in the glove compartment. Perhaps a copy of that story might change their mind. You don't have the time to wait to a) see the reaction b) realize it's a reaction c) look for keys d) find keys e) use keys f) administer medication. Nope, nadda, wouldn't happen with my child. That is one rule I'd fight for sure.

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 10:10am
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Stacey--
Hooray! Sounds like your preschool director is really on the ball. I hope it will be a great school year.

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 10:24am
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oh man, I'm almost jealous....
When I asked the school we wanted my son to attend, about *not* keeping the epis locked away in the nurse's office, I was the one told "Withdraw, we have a waiting list"....

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 9:37pm
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Uh!!! I guess that "withdraw, we have a waiting list" bit can cut both ways. That's awful.

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 9:49pm
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This attitude pushed us into homeschooling (that and a gazillion other reasons that are not PA related), and I'd never go back to a school system now.
[This message has been edited by darthcleo (edited July 31, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 08/17/2003 - 12:23am
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reraising for brimor.

Posted on: Wed, 10/27/2004 - 3:43am
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Hi My first visit to the website and I am looking for a childproof box for epi-pens. At my daughters school they keep her epi-pen in the office which is some way from the lunchroom. Could you tell me what this box is and where I could get one?
Thank you!
Quote:Originally posted by StaceyK:
[b]You are right. I called back today to discuss it (gently) and she said "Locked" actually meant "child proof." There is no separate key, you just have to be an adult and know how to work the box. The box is in each teacher's room right in the class. I love this school!![/b]

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