School disapproves of Epi pen

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 2:01pm
MQriley2's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

My son is just finishing Kindergarten. After having his last IEP meeting, I asked the VP what the schools policy was on wearing his Epi-pen during school or having a teacher carry the fanny pack or belt everywhere he goes? Her eyes got really big and said.." a kid wear an epi-pen? That is too dangerous! And a teacher is not qualified to use one either." This is the same school that allowed the teacher to take my son's epi on a field trip to the beach.

I have been in this school many times unable to find the nurse anywhere. This has worried me. VP said as of right now it is a flat no. I don't know if I have the strength left in me to advocate anymore. It is all I can do dealing with our illnesses. I am looking into HS now.

They said that they haven't had a kid that needs to carry an Epi for as long as she has been there. My doctor tells me that there are many at this school with PA's and VP says there are not any. Isn't that crazy?


Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 9:58pm
KatiesMom's picture
Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

The first thing you need to do is find out the DISTRICT's policy on children carry medication, not the Principal's policy. I would call up the district office and start with general questions like "are children allowed to carry prescription medicines line asthma inhalers?" I wouldn't mention you're having a disagreement with the principal, I wouldn't even mention your child's age. First get the policy, then get into specifics. I'm lucky my DD's school district allows children to carry medication as long as they have a doctor's note.

Posted on: Wed, 05/26/2004 - 2:41am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I agree that it is time to go higher up in the school district. However, I think I would be more direct with my inquiries. If there is a nurse coordinator for the district, this may be a person to contact.
Good luck,

Posted on: Wed, 05/26/2004 - 10:31am
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MQriley2, welcome! [img][/img]
I know that you're not the first American friend to be presented with this problem. Someone else was just discussing it within the last week in another thread.
I'm very fortunate in that in Ontario, Canada, my son has been required by two different school board districts to have his Epi-pen on his body. Not to self-administer, but simply to have it there.
Yes, I would speak with someone to seek what the district policy is.
Also, there is an article posted here, I'm fairly sure by katiee, but it may be me, about anaphylactic deaths and one of the MAIN reasons children/people die is that someone is running to get the Epi-pen that in my mind's eye *should* have been on the child in the first place.
This might be a good educational article.
California Mom, I see you're not MIA any more (I was concerned). Stopped drooling over Keanu, did you? [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/2004 - 12:07am
synthia's picture
Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

MQriley2, welcome!
How is it going with the Epi-pen and school?
Love this site

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/2004 - 12:58am
MQriley2's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

I posted my results in another post in schools "Yes!!504 plan approved with no hassles". I showed them the picture of the e-belt (it has not arrived yet) and they saw how secure and out of site it would be. They agreed that the nurse should give the class next year a well informed discussion about the epi-pen and Quinton's allergies, to prevent any accidents, taunts, or teasing.
I just told them that if he couldn't carry it, he wouldn't be coming to this school, he would be homeschooled. They said that if this is what saves his life, then he will wear it. We will also have two in the nurses office and one with the teacher.
BIG weight off of my shoulders! [img][/img]
Renee athma/EA
Quinton: PA/TNA/Soy/EA/Severe Asthma
Mykiaja: EA/asthma
Taylor: EA/asthma
[This message has been edited by MQriley2 (edited June 06, 2004).]


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