Epipen on bus

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2007 - 9:02pm
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Does anyone have as part of their 504, the Epipen on the bus? How did you get this accomplished. I can't figure out the search yet on this new discussion board,so I can't pull up any old topics.

Any help is appreciated.

Posted on: Fri, 11/16/2007 - 1:40am
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We do not. Next year we will because my son will be taking his epi pen with him and it will be his responsibility to do so.
He will be 11 and in 5th grade. As of now, I feel more comfortable having the teachers and school be responsible for ensuring he has his epi pen, but it stays at school.
There is bendryl on the bus and his drive is less than 5 mintues away with communication available if necessary.
So if you have your child carry the epi on them and its thier responsibilty it should be able to travel to and from. I liked my way better, obviously, so that is how I handled it. We have been doing it for 3 years with no problems.
He is a car rider in the am because the bus comes 1 hour before school(yes 5 miles away, poor planning in transportation dept)

Posted on: Fri, 11/16/2007 - 4:29am
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Yes, we do. I believe it was written into the 504 as something like "will have benadryl and epinephrine available at all times", but I wish we had been more specific. DD is 5 and in kindergarten so what we do is quite a messy process, but it works. She gets on the bus from a daycare in the morning, so I make sure her epi's are in her back pack in her "special pocket" before I drop her off. The daycare then passes off the epis to the bus driver who walks them in to the school office when she drops them off. The reverse is true for the ride home. Since she is on the bus for an hour (one way), I insist that they be with her.
Here's some info regarding school busses from FAAN:
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/school/bus.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/school/bus.html[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 11/16/2007 - 5:22am
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We have a 504, and it states that my daughter will carry her epi-pens and benadryl on the bus. We have been doing this since she was in 3rd grade, and now she is in 5th. The bus driver was trained in epi-pen use.
I had no hassles with the school when we implemented the 504. In fact, they brought it up first. I feel pretty fortunate after reading of some of the difficulties other people have had getting a policy in place for their children.

Posted on: Fri, 11/16/2007 - 8:18pm
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Thank you so much for all your comments. Our district fights everything and tells you "no, it can't be done." Everyhting basically is the parent and child responsibility, not theirs, it's frustrating.

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