Emergency Epinephrine Auto-injectors in Every School
In the last year, California State Legislature approved SB 1266, establishing policy for the use of Emergency Epinephrine Auto-injectors in schools. In summary, the bill requires school districts to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to individual school sites and to train personnel who have volunteered.
Trained personnel may use epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which can occur after exposure to an allergen or an insect sting.
All BUSD schools are now compliant with this legislation and are currently in possession of the EpiPen auto-injectors and have trained staff familiar with their use.
We remind families that these injectors are for emergency use only and should not be considered supply for students with a known allergy. In accordance with BUSD policy, students with known allergies should provide an updated Allergy Action Plan and EpiPen to their sites annually. Blank Allergy Action Plans are available at : http://www.foodallergy.org/faap
Please also be aware your school’s EpiPens are for use on the school campus only. Students on field trips or riding on buses will not have access to the injectors.
Your child’s safety is our top-priority. Please contact your school with questions or for more information.