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New policy would stock EpiPens in every JCPS school

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Jefferson County School Board has passed the first reading of a policy to stock EpiPens in every school within the district.

Presently, parents are responsible for sending an EpiPen to school with their student. If passed, the new policy means schools will have these stocked in case of an emergency. School staff will also be trained to learn how to administer the medication.

JCPS spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said the epinephrine auto-injectors won't cost the district any money because they're being provided by the "EpiPens 4 Schools" program.

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"Currently, parents provide any medications and paperwork regarding known medical conditions, which would include EpiPens, and this would still be the case, if this policy passes," Brislin said. "These EpiPens will remain in the building, and they will not be going on field trips. This program is intended for students with unknown allergies that may have a first-time life-threatening allergic reaction at school."

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The Kentucky Department of Health has also asked individual school districts to develop a policy for administering Narcan as well. JCPS is working closely with School Resource Officers from LMPD who are trained and carry Narcan.

Based on this new policy, parents will be contacted if their student receives and EpiPen treatment in an emergency. 

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