Some schools do have policies against administering. We have not had that problem in our district, but a nearby district has that policy. One thing I know that someone tried was to have it written into the child's IEP that they must administer the diastat and when. If it is in the IEP, it is covered by federal law, which trumps state law in this kind of a thing. School's risk losing their federal funding if they do not follow the IEP. I am not sure if it worked in the instance I heard of around here, but it is certainly worth a try.
Speaking as a teacher and somebody who has E.(even though this is secondary) This is why there are nurse's in the school. A teacher has the potential of being in trouble for breathing on a child in the school system's nowaday's. I couldn't even imagine administering a drug or placing a thermometer in a child. First and foremost a couple hour's training doesn't cut it and I can lose my job.
It looks like the school has agreed to train the principal and secretary. The nurse is getting the order reversed since I expressed concern that she had made changes to Lili's care without my consent. I do think finding a book about epilepsy for Lili to bring to class is a wonderful idea. I'll take a look on Amazon.
Mary Kate said:Ella I would push then for the district to train one particular person in the building who is there a majority of the time (or two) to administer the distat. If she has a seizure that person is summoned while the teacher handles the other students. I taught until our daughter began having seizures (I stay home with the kids now) and I can say as a teacher my concern would be trying to care for your daughter and keep her safe and administering medicines she needs while 18-24 other students are not being supervised or cared for, especially if they are expected to clear the room. Is she in the special ed program? If so ask to have the special ed teacher or one of her aids trained to administer distat, the school nurse could do that easily. How old is your daughter? If she is old enough ask her how she feels about the teacher talking to the other students about epilepsy, maybe you could provide the school with some of the fantastic childrens stories out there about kids with epilepsy.
Above all you are doing a wonderful job advocating for her, keep it up! Remember that just because the school nurse called to make changes DOES NOT mean you need to agree to them, you can work with her to come up with alternatives so your daughter is cared for adequately. Keep repeating that she has every right to an education in an unrestricted safe environment and right now to me it sounds like that is not happening.