Purpose: 

  • Review a consultant’s recommendations regarding Bellingham Public Schools’ policies and procedures for students with life-threatening allergies.
  • Make a recommendation to the superintendent about changes we believe should be made in Bellingham Public Schools’ policies and procedures for life-threatening allergies, based upon the recommendations made by a consultant during a program review last year.
Basis for Establishment:
  • We have more students with life-threatening allergies and therefore an emerging need to provide more safety guidance and education to staff, students and families.
Decision-Making Process:
  • Advisory group to the superintendent; recommend policy and procedure changes for life-threatening allergies to the superintendent.
Plan or Work:
  • Convene committee to look at policies and procedures and recommendations in the area of life-threatening allergies.
  • Work with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the regional Educational Service District (ESD) to obtain information and form a recommendation regarding the new law allowing stock Epi-Pens in schools for non-prescribe students and for prescribed students needing a second Epi-Pen dose.
  • Make recommendation to superintendent by February 28, 2014.
Members
Regular:
  • Steve Morse, Student and Family Services, chair
  • Tobi Melton, Nurse
  • Laurie Anderson, Nurse
  • Chad Larsen, Activities and Athletic Director
  • Wendy Barrett, Elementary Principal
  • Ann Buswell, Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Deborah McMeel, Elementary Secretary
  • Dr. William Anderson, Community Member, Allergist
  • One Elementary Parent, Matthew Nelson
  • One Middle School Parent , Kelly Angel
  • One High School Parent, TBD
  Ex-officio:
  • Denise Suess, Risk Management and Fiscal Support Coordinator
Timeline: All meetings will be held at the District Office from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Budget Implications:
  • Recommendations to the superintendent may have budget implications for the 2014-15 school year.