JPD-RB, Emergency Care for Students Experiencing Anaphylaxis
About this Regulation
Last revised: June 20, 2013
To establish procedures to provide emergency medical care to any student experiencing an anaphylactic reaction, through the collaborative efforts of parents/guardians, students, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services School Health Services (SHS).
Some students have severe, life-threatening reactions to insect venom, foods, or other substances in the environment and rapidly develop a condition called anaphylaxis. These students will need an immediate injection of epinephrine while awaiting emergency services.
Maryland law directs each local school district to authorize the school nurse and other trained personnel to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to any student who is determined to be or perceived to be in anaphylaxis. Districts are required to provide training for school personnel on how to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis, develop procedures for the emergency administration of auto-injectable epinephrine, develop proper follow-up emergency procedures, and authorize a school nurse to obtain and store at a public school auto-injectable epinephrine to be used in an emergency situation.