Students with severe food allergies merit attention, but...

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 7:58am
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Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

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Students with severe food allergies merit attention, but the state should not mandate that teachers be responsible
Tribune Editorial
February 2, 2007

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 10:38am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I guess I'm missing something. This is what I read:
HB2201, which would require the state
Department of Education to establish a
common set of guidelines to protect
students with food allergies and to
create a training program for schools
that would include administering
ephinephrine in an emergency.
Many states already have this in place. Oregon doesn't have a set of state guidelines on managing food allergies in schools, but does have policies regarding administering epinephrine or other injectible medication (e.g. insulin). Basically, only persons who have received training are supposed to give emergency injections. This training is very short and straightforward and usually a physician or nurse comes to the school to do a staff training.
I fail to see how this will incur unusual costs for schools or how it will overburden teachers. Maybe it's just me...but I saw a statement of opinion given but nothing to back up the argument. I'd like to see the data this opinion is based upon, if any exists.
[This message has been edited by Munchkin's Mom (edited February 02, 2007).]
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Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:45am
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

This was my favorite [img][/img] part of the opinion piece...
[i] Ultimately, HB2201 would further shift that burden to overwhelmed teachers and school administrators who already are forced to be amateur police officers, welfare case workers and bag inspectors. Less parental involvement means more poorly adjusted children who don

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 12:49pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

The author is apparently unaware that the schools are legally required accommodate kids with life-threatening food allergies.
What a numbskull.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 5:27pm
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

2BusyBoys , you copied and pasted the exact quote from the article that I wanted to...
It is the need for epinephrine in the classroom (and teachers having the expectation to assist) that has ruined our society [img][/img]
I have no problem with teachers refusing to assist with epi administration. They can refuse in my state (NH), and then the school district can hire a 1:1 aid to ensure my daughter is able to access her right to public education. I don't see how teachers' refusals will help the state of Arizone in any way.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 7:26am
iansmom's picture
Joined: 07/26/2001 - 09:00

I suspect that in most states, it is already required that all classroom teachers be certified in first aid and CPR. Frankly, administering an EpiPen is a lot simpler than doing CPR properly, so I don't see why it would be more of a burden.

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