The “Access to Emergency Epinephrine in Schools Amendment Act of 2015” is local legislation that became law on Jan. 12, 2016. It authorizes public schools to possess and administer undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors (UEA) and for OSSE to train school staff to administer injections to students.
As part of this plan, and in accordance with the act, each school will be required to:
- Maintain, at all times, no fewer than two unexpired undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors
- Ensure that each school have at least two certified employees or agents (outside of the school nurse) who are available to administer an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector during all hours of the school day in case of an anaphylactic emergency
- It is recommended that the school principal or at least one other administrator be trained
Note: The injectors and training will be provided at no cost to LEAs. Training certificates are valid one year from the completion date.
The following actions are needed from each local education agency to comply with the Access to Emergency Epinephrine in Schools Amendment Act of 2015 and receive assistance from OSSE.
1. Complete the Access to Emergency Epinephrine in Schools Point of Contact form for each campus.
(Use this form or email [email protected] if any Points of Contacts change.)
Note: A school administrator must personally sign this form on behalf of his/her campus. Once OSSE is in receipt of all the forms within an LEA, OSSE will submit a request for the injectors using a standing order. The procurement of epinephrine injectors are of no cost to LEAs.
*Please do not submit the forms directly to Mylan, who oversees the EpiPen 4 Schools Program.*
1. Each school’s assigned epinephrine liaison will receive an invitation from QuickBase to access the UEA online platform. QuickBase allows quick and streamlined communication and the ability to upload required documentation between epinephrine liaisons and OSSE.
2. Two agents or employees serving as the certified epinephrine administrators will receive an invitation from Leap Technology, Incorporated for access to OSSE’s approved online training for certification. Those taking the online training are required to participate in a skills check that will be conducted by OSSE trained staff, or the LEA’s Undesignated Epinephrine Liaison.
Note: In-person trainings are available and can be requested via the Technical Assistance Request Form
*Training certificates are valid one year from the completion date*
3. For reporting and restocking, each school’s UEA Liaison must login into OSSE’s UEA online platform to:
- Confirm each school’s receipt of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors
- Report use of the undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors
- Restocking and Disposal
- Point of Contact Update
1. Personnel from OSSE will contact the LEA’s UEA Liaison and schedule a formal site visit.
Note: If you have not received a QuickBase invitation email [email protected] for assistance.
Additional Information and Resources
- Access to Emergency Epinephrine in Schools Amendment Act of 2015
- OSSE’s UEA Plan
- Technical Assistance Request Form
- Parent Frequently Asked Questions
- School Administrator Frequently Asked Questions
- Resource for Schools* [external source]
*OSSE does not endorse or recommend any particular commercial products, processes, or services over others. The views and opinions of authors expressed at this site are for informational and planning purposes only and do not necessarily state or reflect those of OSSE.*
OSSE Food Allergy Awareness Week
OSSE is observing Allergy Awareness Week (May 13-19, 2018) for the first time! Food Allergy Awareness Week is an effort to increase awareness of the seriousness of food allergies through the coordination of several events and activities.
This year’s Allergy Awareness Week focuses on food allergies and its impact on attendance in schools. Throughout the week, OSSE encourages schools to participate by implementing Allergy Awareness Week activities in classrooms. Outcomes from participating in these activities, will increase the food allergy knowledge and awareness of the students. By the end of the week, classrooms should understand:
- How to identify food allergy signs and symptoms
- Importance of responding Face, Airways, Stomach, Total Body (F.A.S.T.) to a food related allergic reaction
- How food allergies impact attendance
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