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SB 1266 – Schools Must Carry EpiPens and Provide Training

Effective January 1, 2015, Education Code section 49414 has been amended to require that all school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools stock epinephrine auto-injectors (commonly referred to as “EpiPens”) for emergency use by school nurses or, in some cases, trained volunteers.  The amendment comes as the result of Senate Bill 1266, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier last year.

Section 49414 also requires that all public schools seek volunteers to be trained and provide said training regarding the use of epinephrine auto-injectors, symptoms of anaphylactic shock, and emergency contact procedures.

This is not an exhaustive list of all of the requirements added to Education Code section 49414.  If you have any questions about Section 49414, or any legal issue affecting your school district or county office of education, please contact Kingsley Bogard LLP.

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