kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Politics

Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union

View Comments
Phil-Matier_BIO-HEAD Phil Matier
Whether it's politics, personalities or analysis Phil Matier is one ...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Trending Stories On CBS SF

yosemite national park Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union Sebastopol Climber Dies From Fall In Yosemite After Proposing To Girlfriend

solar farm Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union Birds Bursting Into Flames Above Solar Farm Stirs Calls To Slow Expansion

sideshow Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union Motorcyclist Killed After Car Sideshows Roll From Port Of Oakland To Bay Bridge Toll Plaza, Stop Traffic On I-580

16 paul mccartney Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union No Refunds For Paul McCartney Fans Who Were Stuck In Traffic, Missed Show At Candlestick

power drill Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union Woman Carrying Cordless Drill, Believed To Be A Gun, Shot And Killed By San Jose Police

SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— California’s Senate Bill 1266 would require K-12 public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) on campus in the event a student experiences a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis. While the bill passed two separate committees, it faces strong opposition from the teacher’s union.

Many in the medical field want the bill to pass and have given testimonials that EpiPens are the only medication that can save a life during anaphylaxis, and have emphasized its safety.

Current law allows the devices in charter and public schools, but does not require them to be included in first-aid kits.

If the law is approved, the bill would require at least one staff member or member of the school’s administration to be trained to administer the medication on a voluntary basis.

Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teacher’s Union

KCBS Radio

The bill, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), moved forward when the Senate Education Committee and Senate Health Committee voted it through.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 20 to 25 percent of the time a student has an allergic reaction that requires an EpiPen at school; it’s because of a previously undiagnosed or unknown allergy to food, insect bites, medicine, or even exercise.

The Sacramento Bee reported the California Teachers Association said in a letter it was worried about “the potential for probationary or temporary educators and/ or classified employees to be ‘highly encouraged’ to become trained in administering medication against their will.”

California School Employees Association and California Federation of Teachers are also opposed to the bill. They argue that school nurses should be handling the medication, but KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier pointed out that there simply isn’t money for that kind of staffing in California’s budget.

SB 1266 goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 29th.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53,826 other followers