Preschool Director Said they Lock the Epipens Up!

Posted on: Fri, 01/17/2003 - 11:58am
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I have been researching preschools for the 2003-2004 school year since the summer. I had narrowed it down to two schools with one being my top choice by far. It is a co-op school, so the parents are very involved. The two parents I who spoke to me about it and gave me a tour in the fall were very confident that everything would be done to keep my daughter safe. It is a nut free school, and they even thought dairy could be banned in her class.

Anyway, today I called the director to ask how they store the Epipens. Her attitude was a total let down. She said there are three kids who currently have Epipens, and they keep them all locked up in the office. When I explained that this would be a problem because it would take several minutes to run and unlock the drawer, etc. she didn't even hint that anything else could be worked out. I said that I had heard of teachers carrying the Epipens in a pouch, but she said that would not work because they have "open centers" where the kids go from one room to another. They're not just in one room w/ the same teacher all day. When I mentioned the skin-contact allergy to dairy she mentioned that milk could spill all over a table. She seemed to be discouraging me from sending my daughter there.

Isn't this an ADA covered disability? This school's website has all kinds of info about how they work with disabled kids. One of the teachers has won awards for her work integrating disabled kids into the classroom, yet they're fine with just saying, "sorry, we won't make the effort for your child to be able to go to school".

What should I do? I plan to go to the open house next week. I have some literature from the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma (printed the link below): [url="http://aaaai.org/media/resources/position_statements/ps34.stm"]http://aaaai.org/media/resources/position_statements/ps34.stm[/url]

It clearly states that Epipens should NOT be in locked drawers. I'm not sure I even want my daughter to go to a place where I have to fight to keep her safe, but maybe there isn't going to be an alternative.

Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 4:56pm
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I know it's not popular on this board, but when my teenage son was small his epi pen was locked in a cabinet. I didn't think it was so bad because everyone knew where to look for it and it never got stolen or misplaced. If you're still not comfortable with that maybe she could wear her own in an e-belt (I can't remember what exactly it's called but it's a belt designed to hold one epi-pen). Another solution I heard was a school that installed special shelves above each classroom door where an epi-pen was kept unlocked and out of the way of being moved.
I don't know much about the ADA coverage so I hope someone else can help you out with that.

Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 11:13pm
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Hello
I have that same statement Iam goin to give to the school Pre School ESE,However THe school my dd is triying to go to will carry the EPI-Pen in a pouch on the teacher.I have the doc orders to do so.
Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 12:21am
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts now has guidelines for schools dealing with EpiPens. The guidelines say that EipPens should not be locked up.

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