State law addresses allergy plans.
Official Code of Georgia Annotated 20-2-776. Student retention and self-administration of auto-injectable epinephrine; liability of school system
(b) Each local board of education shall adopt a policy authorizing a student to carry and self-administer prescription auto-injectable epinephrine. Such policy shall provide that in order to carry and self-administer prescription auto-injectable epinephrine, the student's parent or guardian shall provide:
- (1) A written statement from a physician licensed under Chapter 34 of Title 43 detailing the name of the medication,method, amount, and time schedules by which the medication is to be taken, and confirming that the student is able to self-administer auto-injectable epinephrine; and
- (2) A written statement by the parent or guardian consenting to the self-administration, providing a release for the school nurse or other designated school personnel to consult with the physician regarding any questions that may arise with regard to the medication, and releasing the school system and its employees and agents from civil liability if the self-administering student suffers an adverse reaction as a result of self-administering auto-injectable epinephrine pursuant to this Code section. The written statements specified in this subsection shall be provided at least annually and more frequently if the medication, dosage, frequency of administration, or reason for administration changes.
(c) The policy adopted pursuant to subsection (b) of this Code section shall include provisions to protect the safety of all students from the misuse or abuse of auto-injectable epinephrine.
Official Code of Georgia Annotated 20-2-776.1. Administration of auto-injectable epinephrine by school personnel
(b) Each local board of education shall adopt a policy authorizing school personnel to administer auto-injectable epinephrine, if available, to a student upon the occurrence of an actual or perceived anaphylactic adverse reaction by the student, whether or not such student has a prescription for epinephrine.
(c) Each local board of education shall provide information to school personnel on how to recognize the symptoms of anaphylactic shock and the correct method of administering the auto-injectable epinephrine.
Official Code of Georgia Annotated 20-2-776.2. Stock supply of auto-injectable epinephrine; requirements; limited liability
(b) A public or private school in this state may acquire and stock a supply of auto-injectable epinephrine pursuant to aprescription issued in accordance with Code Section 26-4-116.1. A public or private school may designate an employeeor agent trained in the possession and administration of auto-injectable epinephrine to be responsible for the storage, maintenance, and distribution of the auto-injectable epinephrine stocked by the school.
(c) Any school employee or agent of a public or private school who has completed training or received information in accordance with subsection (c) of Code Section 20-2-776.1 in recognizing the symptoms of anaphylactic shock and the correct method of administering the auto-injectable epinephrine may:
- (1) Provide auto-injectable epinephrine to any student such employee or agent believes in good faith is experiencingan anaphylactic adverse reaction for immediate self-administration; or
- (2) Administer auto-injectable epinephrine to any student such employee or agent believes in good faith is experiencing an anaphylactic adverse reaction in accordance with a standing protocol from the prescribing licensed practitioner,regardless of whether the student has a prescription for auto-injectable epinephrine.
School Nurse Resources
Site provides a collection of resources for school nurses to keep abreast of current trends and best practices in the leadership and delivery of school based health services, including allergy response and preparedness.
Toolkit for Administration of Epinephrine Albuterol Levalbuterol School Setting
Toolkit provides the local school system with guidelines in the development and implementation of policies related to stock Epinephrine Auto-Injector (Epi-Pen) and stock Albuterol/Levalbuterol in the school setting.