Allergies & Anaphylaxis

Self-Administration of Epinephrine Auto-Injector or Insulin

  • 1. Some students may need to carry their emergency medication on their person, and use it on an "as-needed" basis. These situations require a licensed prescriber's order and parental/guardian permission as indicated on the appropriate Medication Authorization Form. 

    2. The registered nurse will complete a self-administration of medication asessment. If the student does not show responsibility with the medication, the parent/guardian and licensed prescriber will be notified. The student will be further educated about the proper reason and proper use of the medication. 

    3. A student agreement to carry the specific medication will be signed indicating understanding of the medication and proper use; that the medication will not shared; that they will notify a responsbile adult if there is no marked improvement after the prescribed does is given; and in the event of epinephrine use, they must notify a responsible adult so that 911 can be called.

    4. Permission allows the student to possess and use his or her medication while in school, while at a school sponsored activitiy, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before or after school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property.

    Disposal: The parent/guardian will be responsible, at the end of the treatment regime, for removing from the school any unused, discontinued or outdated medication which was prescribed for their child.

    Emergency Epinephrine Act

    On rare occasions, student experience allergic reactions at school that result in anaphylaxis (a life threatening al- lergic reaction), Illinois law allows certain school person- nel to administer EpiPens® to students when, in the staff member’s professional opinion, it is appropriate. In these situations, the District will inform parents as soon as prac-

    ticable. When EpiPens® are administered at school, Illinois law provides that District personnel, including members of the Board of Education, are strictly immune from liability, except for willful and wanton conduct.