Life-Threatening Allergies

Wisconsin State Law (statute 118.29) and EASD policy specifically permits authorized personnel to administer rescue (immediate-acting) inhalers, epinephrine, glucagon, and rectal diazepam to known students with medical orders, who appear to be having a life-threatening medical response.

In addition, the law permits authorized personnel to administer epinephrine to students who appear to be having an allergic reaction, and glucagon to known students for diabetes for severe low blood sugar with an altered state of consciousness, without parent and medical provider permission. In both cases, a bus driver, employee, or volunteer must report the event by calling “911” (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.29(2)).

As with other prescription medication, the physician and family must comply with the requirements for medications within the school. An Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan may be required. Families must provide emergency medication to school by the first day of school. It is suggested that the student wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace when at school and that families meet with the classroom teacher(s) to explain the life-threatening health condition. Families are encouraged to attend field trips and classroom-school parties with their child.