The law requires all public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors (“epiPens”) and provide those Epipens to school nurses or to trained personnel who have volunteered to administer them to a student who is suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering from, an anaphylactic reaction.Under the provisions of Senate Bill 1266 (“SB 1266”), which amends Education Code section 49414, a qualified supervisor of health at a school district, county office of education, or charter school must obtain from an authorizing physician and surgeon a prescription for each school for EpiPens that, at a minimum, includes:
For elementary schools: one regular Epipen and one junior Epipen
For junior high schools, middle schools, and high schools: if there are no pupils who require a junior Epipen, one regular Epipen
The supervisor is responsible for stocking the Epipens and restocking them if they are used. If an Epipen is used, it must be restocked “as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than two weeks after it is used.” Education Code section 49414 subsection (h) provides that if the school does not have a nurse a volunteer may administer an Epipen.
The Office of Charter Schools has launched some new and improved compliance systems over the past few weeks. The improvements will bring about greater coherence and adherence to the mandatory reporting and compliance that we, as the Authorizer, are required to ensure. Please review/share the summary chart below, which includes all of the compliance reporting changes implemented this year.