MARICOPA — District officials hope that the implementation of a new state law will ease concerns from parents about the health care of their students.
The new law regarding administering certain medicine to students has created a positive impact on students suffering with allergies and asthma in emergency situations, Maricopa Unified School District officials said during the Governing Board meeting Wednesday.
As per Arizona School Boards Association Policy Advisory No. 667, Senate Bill 1026 adds modified language to the emergency administration of medications that has been placed in the policy, according to MUSD.
The new law change will allow staff at MUSD schools to administer epinephrine, anti-opioid drugs and inhalers without an authorized consent in emergencies. It also protects the staff from civil liability when they administer the medicine.
“I think it’s a great step for safety for our students in emergencies,” said board President Annamarie Knorr.
Board member Patti Coutre raised the question of whether the new policy is written in the handbook and the regulations.
“This is a state order — it takes the place of any individual doctor order,” Knorr said.
Superintendent Tracey Lopeman added, “As we make any changes to the policy, we would update those documents.”
Earlier in the school year, parents raised concerns about the school procedures regarding children with asthma and strong allergic reactions. The previous policy required students to self-carry EpiPens and inhalers and also noted that the school would call 911 in case of emergencies.
The new policy will be included in the MUSD handbook for the upcoming school year.