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Aug 14, 2014 9:50 AM by Edna Cortinas- ecortinas@kristv.com

CCISD Athletic Policy and Procedure Changes

CORPUS CHRISTI - Last fall the unexpected death of a middle school student from an allergic reaction to ant bites shocked CCISD and the community.

It made the district take a closer look at what they do in an emergency.

The death of Cameron Espinosa brought about changes and additions to current policies and procedures for CCISD.

Many which have recently been put into place by the district.

Two-a-days are underway for athletes and with it a reminder of a devastating event that happened a year ago.

One that caused CCISD to bring in a consultant to make recommendations on current athletic policies and procedures.

"Any time we have a tragedy, like happened last fall, it's a time for us all to reflect together as a team and to be able to look at things and in ways that we can do things differently," said Lorette Williams, Director of Communications for CCISD.

Sixty Epipens have been been distributed to trainers, who carry them at all home and away games as well as practices with a total of 118 purchased for campus use.

A local doctor has also given all administrators, coaches, and trainers proper instructions on how to administer the injections to those who need it in an emergency.

"What we've gotten to now is actually having un-designated Epipens that are available at all of our campuses and so what that means is it's really targeting those students who don't know have an allergy," Willams said.

Fields are maintained twice a week as before and an integrated pest management systems continues year round.

However, this time the district has sought help from the Texas Agri-Life Extension Center and its experts with regards to pesticides and insecticides.

"It doesn't just begin with maintenance coming out and mowing and applying insecticides, it also has to do with our coaching staff you know really taking a walk around the field and looking, " Williams added.

Middle school games are no longer being played on campus turfs.

"All of those have now been scheduled where they take place at the high school campuses just like this one here at Ray, all of our high schools have similar fields, we also have middle school games that are scheduled at Buc and at Cabaniss," said Williams.

All changes and improvements have been implemented to help keep parents' minds at ease and keep another tragedy from occurring.

Other recommendations made to the district are to revise the crisis communication protocol, increase medical emergency training for coaching staff, and improve record keeping between school nurses and athletics.

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