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Allergies

What if my student has a severe ALLERGY?

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A School Health Plan, medications, and supplies MUST BE IN PLACE at the school BEFORE YOUR STUDENT CAN ATTEND. Please get in touch with your School Nurse ASAP. Who is my School Nurse?

The School Nurse will create a School Health Plan for your student. This plan outlines what action staff must take to support your student’s allergy management. It is distributed to staff that work with your student (including substitutes). 

Parents/Guardians must provide the School Nurse with:

  1. RELEVANT MEDICAL HISTORY: Please complete the appropriate allergy history form 
    Allergic Reaction Form - First Time  Allergic Reaction Form - Yearly Update
     Elementary Student  Elementary Student
     All Other Students  All Other Students
     
  2. RELEASE OF INFORMATION: Allows the School Nurse to communicate directly with your student’s healthcare provider: please request from your nurse, different providers require different forms.

  3. MEDICATION & ORDERS: Ask your student’s Licensed Healthcare Provider to complete Authorization for Administration of Medication for Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction at School Please sign it to authorize the orders.

    Depending on the severity of the allergy and your student’s ability to manage symptoms and follow orders set up by their Licensed Healthcare Provider, the School Nurse and building Administrator may authorize self-carrying and the self-administration of medication to treat your student's anaphylaxis symptoms. This can be very important at the secondary level for fieldtrips and sports.

All Medications are Required:

  • To be in their original pharmacy labeled container
  • To match the Licensed Healthcare Provider’s order
  • Not be expired 

TAKE NOTE: Edmonds School District is aware that anaphylactic reactions at school are caused by exposure to substances to which a student is allergic and these exposures can be life threatening.  The sources of these allergens are typically foods, medications, stinging insects and latex.  The risk of accidental exposure to these allergens can be reduced in the school setting when school staff, students, parents/legal guardians, and licensed healthcare professionals work cooperatively to minimize risks and provide a safe environment. 

Please review: Edmonds School District Guidelines for the Management of Allergies

EPIPEN SHORTAGE

EpiPen shortage has hit a one year mark and the FDA is alerting families to consider using other authorized generic versions or other epinephrine type devices.  The FDA points out that competing products are still widely available.   The district will honor the extended use dates provided by Pfizer for expired EpiPens - not all pens lot numbers fall under this advisement.  The District will not accept expired devices unless they meet Pfizer's criteria.  The District recommends that a non-expired device is attained as soon as possible.  Our District expectation is to exclude students from school if students do not have their life-threatening medications at school. 

Epinephrine Devices

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