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Elmbrook schools could ban some allergy, cough medications

July 28, 2009

A proposed policy change could ban some over-the-counter cough medicines and allergy medications for Elmbrook students.

Seeking to clarify an existing district code of conduct policy, administrators are recommending School Board members approve one of two possible definitions for the "drug-like" substances banned in the code.

Both options ban any behavior-changing or mind-altering substances, certain types of glue and certain types of cough medicine. The first definition also includes caffeine pills and diet pills.

The second definition, recommended by Superintendent Matt Gibson, gets more specific in its language. It explicitly bans any substance containing ephedrine, which can be found in some iterations of the nasal decongestant Sudafed and the allergy medicine Claritin-D. The second definition also allows students to carry just a single dose of cough medicine. It does not ban caffeine pills or diet pills.

Gibson said he consulted with the Brookfield Police Department in writing the definition. Police specifically recommended including ephedrine in the definition.

The proposed change will be reviewed by the School Board's Policy Committee on Aug. 27 and is expected to go the full board in September.

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