The Edmond Sun

Education

September 4, 2013

Oklahoma joins 19 other states in allowing EpiPens in schools

EDMOND — In 2013, Oklahoma, Florida and Tennessee joined 13 other states passing laws that will enable schools to keep a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors on hand that hasn’t been prescribed to a specific student in their schools who has a severe allergic reaction. The other states include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

The Nevada legislation goes a step further, “requiring” schools to have epinephrine on hand in case of emergency.

To date, more than 20 states have passed epinephrine laws or guidelines and several more are considering bills that would allow schools to keep auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency.

Shawn Rogers, director with the Oklahoma State Health Department, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Division, said Oklahoma has no law related to lay persons being trained and certified to carry and administer epinephrine via an auto-injector to someone under their care.

In the Edmond Public Schools District, individual Edmond schools train people on their staffs to be able to administer the shot.

“In the Edmond schools, policy is students who need an EpiPen are on a medical plan specifying the need for it,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, public information officer. “Parents supply the EpiPen and staff is trained appropriately.”

Deer Creek Public Schools District’s current policy allows students to carry their own EpiPen with them on their person after their physician signs an order to do so, said Carol Ashby, RN, district nurse.

“Most students keep a back-up EpiPen in the clinic that can be used if necessary,” Ashby said. “EpiPen would be administered by the student if possible. If not, a trained employee of Deer Creek would administer the EpiPen and then call 911.”

Ashby went on to say the district plan is to look at the current policy and update the policy in alignment with the new House bill.

When a child has food allergies, anticipating the coming school year becomes more nerve-racking, said Angel Waldren with the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.   

Until every school has the medication on site, a parent can take steps before the bell rings to ensure that everyone is prepared to prevent problems and handle emergencies, Waldren said. Sources with the AAFA tell parents to become familiar with their state’s policies regarding food allergy education, prevention and emergency care at school. Look for state summaries on AAFA’s new report, the 2013 State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools, and see the special article, “Where Does Your School Stand on Stocking Epinephrine?” at www.StateHonorRoll.org.

 

1
Text Only
Education
  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 19, 2014

  • Dr. Fielding’s variance denied by close vote

    Reverse-angle parking will continue at the 13 N. University Drive office of Dr. Brad Fielding. The Edmond City Council rejected a variance request by the local optometrist to end the city’s pilot project in front of his medical facility.
    Councilman Nick Massey and Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell supported Fielding’s variance request that was dismissed in a 3-2 vote.
    Four parking lines were striped late last year at Fielding’s business after the city opened new bicycle lanes along University. The city cites the safety for bicyclists and motorists who traditionally depart while backing into traffic as the main reasons for introducing reverse-angle parking.

    April 15, 2014

  • Sequoyah Sequoyah names students of the month

    Sequoyah teachers chose the following students as students of the month for being good role models, conscientious students, diligent workers, and respectful individuals

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCU planning Earth Day activities

    Oklahoma City University will celebrate Earth Day with events on April 22. The events are free to the public and will be in the McDaniel University Center near Florida Avenue and Northwest 26th Street.

    April 12, 2014

  • Ruff Draft Student newspaper, magazines take top honors at contest

    Ruff Draft, the student newspaper produced by staffs at all three Edmond high schools, recently took top honors in the Oklahoma Scholastic Media competition, which is conducted in coordination with the Gaylord School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Art Show UCO puts the spotlight on design graduates

    The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Design will present “Defeaters of Dull: The Design Senior Show” from 6-8 p.m. April 17 at the First National Center, 120 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 730W, in downtown Oklahoma City.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gala to celebrate global programs

    The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Global Affairs will present the International House Night Market Gala from 6-9 p.m. April 18 at the UCO International House, 912 N. Chowning Ave. in Edmond, just north of the main campus.
    Now in its second year, the gala’s 2014 theme is “A Fusion of Art and Cultural Storytelling.”
    Attendees will enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and the presentation of the award for Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding to Pam Washington, Ph.D., dean of Central’s College of Fine Arts and Design, as well as the recognition of Zhongying Wang, president of Tiptop Energy Production US LLC, as a top contributor to Cross-Cultural Understanding.

    April 12, 2014

  • Oklahoma Christian presents band, orchestra concerts

    The Oklahoma Christian University music department will present its final instrumental concerts of the school year next week.

    April 12, 2014

  • safety 5.jpg 500-plus Edmond students visit safety village

    More than 500 local students have learned about safety from Edmond firefighters in recent days.
    Mid-day Friday, students from Washington Irving Elementary School were at the Edmond Fire Department’s Children’s Safety Village, a child-size, life safety education center where children learn in a hands-on environment. The village is complete with a city park, buildings, streets, traffic lights, a railroad crossing, a water feature and utility-like infrastructure.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond student named National Achievement Scholarship winner

    National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this week the names of about 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship® awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These awards, totaling more than $2 million, are financed by grants from 31 corporate organizations and professional associations, and by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

    April 11, 2014