Allergies & Anaphylaxis
While Dripping Springs ISD cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment at school, the district is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our students with potentially life-threatening allergies. DSISD has guidelines in place to manage students with these life-threatening allergies so that they may safely participate in the educational process. If your child has severe food or environmental allergies, it is vitally important to share this information with the nurse each year.
Parents of children with known anaphylaxis are expected to provide a current allergy action plan (Spanish), orders for medications, and an individual supply of emergency medication to the campus nurse each year. Please contact the nurse upon enrollment or at the start of the new school year to obtain all of the paperwork needed to help ensure the safety of your child during the school day.
Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergic Reaction)
Anaphylaxis is a sudden, life-threatening allergic reaction. Common examples of potentially life-threatening allergies are those to foods or stinging insects. Other examples of potential allergens are medications and latex. The emergency treatment for anaphylaxis is epinephrine, which is usually supplied in epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen, EpiPen Jr., and Auvi-Q.
Students at risk for developing anaphylaxis are entitled to carry and self-administer their emergency medications while at school or a school event, if they have met the following requirements:
- The medication(s) and the self-administration must be authorized by the student's physician or licensed healthcare provider as well as the student's parent/guardian.
- The student must demonstrate to the physican, other healthcare provider, and/or campus nurse, the skill level necessary to self-administer the medication(s).
Unless an additional supply of medication is provided for storage in the nurse's office, parents and students must recognize that it is the student's responsibility to carry his/her medication(s) at all times.