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Quicker help now available for students with allergic reactions

Alexandria students who experience severe allergic reactions from things such as bee stings and food will now have more immediate access to treat their symptoms.

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At its regular meeting on Monday, April 21, District 206 School Board revised district policies, including the policy for student medication.

The Curriculum/Policy Committee reviewed the policies at a committee meeting and supported the revisions. Administration was also in support of the recommendations.

In the Student Medication policy, revisions were made implementing Minnesota Statutes 121A.2205 and 121A.2207, which involves nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine auto-injectors.

The policy now states that at the time of a student’s enrollment, a written individualized health plan must be developed and implemented if they are prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector.

The plan will enable the student to possess the nonsyringe injectors or have immediate access to one at all times during the instructional day.

The revision also allows the district and schools to obtain and possess auto-injectors to be maintained and administered by school personnel if it is determined that a person is experiencing anaphylaxis. The school staff must be responsible for recognizing anaphylaxis.

Revisions to district policies also included the raising of the age of classification from a habitual truant from a child younger than age 16 to younger than age 17 in the Student Attendance policy.

Also in the policy, it was added that when reporting a continuing truant to a student’s parent or legal guardian, the designated school official must report that alternative educational programs and services may be available in the child’s enrolling or resident district.

Under the Field Trips for Students policy, revisions were made on the restrictions of District 206 staff use of personal vehicles for transportation of staff, personal property and students for purposes of a field trip.

With prior, written approval from administration, staff may use a personal vehicle to transport staff or personal property, but may not transport one or more students. If immediate transportation of a student is required due to an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, a personal vehicle may be used so long as it is properly registered and insured.

Other revisions were made in the Student Disability Nondiscrimination, Student Use and Parking of Motor Vehicles; Patrols, Inspections and Searches, and Use of School District 206 Facilities and Equipment policies.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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