New Safety Procedures to Cost CCISD Nearly $100,000

The Corpus Christi Independent School District will be spending nearly $100,000 to implement new procedures following the tragic death of eighth grader Cameron Espinosa.

Espinosa died in September from an allergic reaction to fire ant bites that he suffered during a Haas Middle School football game.

Some of the new procedures include moving all middle school games to Buc Stadium, the Cabaniss Sports Complex or high school fields. The $100,000 will pay for transportation, EMT coverage, game workers, police and custodial staff.

However, the CCISD estimates the biggest cost could come from stocking epinephrine injector pens, also known as EpiPens, for all 59 schools in the district. That could cost as much as $17,000.

The district plans to have two EpiPens per campus, plus additional injectors for athletic staff.

"Actually, there are only four districts in the state of Texas that have undesignated EpiPens, so it is a fairly new practice. We are going to spend a lot of time researching it, making sure that our policy and procedures are correct. Making sure that those that need to be trained are trained," CCISD Director of Communications Lorette Williams said. "And we will be spending much of spring and summer getting all of those items lined up so when it comes to the new school year, we will be prepared."


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