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    Procedure Administration of Medicine at School

    File: 3416P

    Under normal circumstances, prescribed and over the counter medication should be dispensed before and/or after school hours under supervision of the parent or guardian. In the event there exists a valid health reason which makes the administration of oral medication to a student advisable during school hours or the hours in which the student is under the supervision of school officials, the following procedures shall apply.

    Medication means oral medication, topical medication, eye drops, or nasal spray. The District’s administration of medication will be undertaken in consultation with a physician or registered nurse. This designated person will train and supervise authorized personnel in proper medication procedures,

    Any medication to be administered to a student by an employee must be requested and authorized in writing by:

    1. a parent or legal guardian, and
    2. a licensed health professional prescribing within the scope of his/her prescriptive authority,

    Such requests and authorization shall be effective for not more than the current school year.

    Prescribed and over the counter oral or topical medications, eye drops or ear drops may be administered by school nurses or an authorized employee trained and supervised by a school nurse in proper medication-administration procedures.

    No medication will be administered by injection by employees other than school nurses except when a student is susceptible to a pre-determined, life-endangering situation. In such instances, the parent will submit a written and signed authorization statement. Such an authorization will be accompanied by signed and dated written orders from a licensed health care professional. Non-nurse employees will be trained in the proper procedures prior to administering such injections.

    Before administering any medication, the school nurse or other authorized employee shall determine that medication is in the original pharmacy or manufacturer's container, and is labeled with the following information:

    • name of student,
    • name of medication,
    • dosage, mode, and time of administration; and
    • name of physician prescribing medication.

    No medication shall be administered until it is determined that the medication dosage conforms with the direction and authority from the parent and physician.

    Over the counter medications must be in their original containers. All medications, including “legend drugs” must be kept in a secure, central location as determined by the school nurse. The administration of any dose of medication must be recorded on an individual medication log sheet.

    When a school nurse is on the premises, a nasal spray that is a legend drug or a controlled substance must be administered by the school nurse. If no school nurse is on the premises, a nasal spray that is a legend drug or a controlled substance may be administered by an EMS/paramedic and/or trained school employee or parent-designated adult who is not a school nurse. School personnel who have received appropriate training and volunteered for such training may administer a nasal spray that is a legend drug or a controlled substance. Regardless of who administers the nasal spray, emergency services (911) will be summoned immediately after the administration of a nasal spray that is a controlled substance.

    The administration of medication to any student may be discontinued during the period for which it has been prescribed, provided a parent or legal guardian is given oral and written notice in advance of the date of discontinuance. The District will only discontinue medication administration for valid reasons that do not compromise the health of the student or violate legal protections for students with disabilities.

    Self-administration:
    Students may self-administer nonprescription medication in the form of pills, tablets or lozenges if they have submitted an authorization form signed by a parent or guardian to the school nurse for approval. Such signed authorizations shall describe the type, frequency, and dosage of medication to be self-administered, and shall expire at the end of each school year. Approval will be given if the student’s age, maturity, and skill level are appropriate for self-administration. The student must demonstrate to the school’s professional registered nurse that the student has the skill level necessary to use the medication and any device that is necessary to administer the medication as prescribed during school and at school sponsored events. Approval will be rescinded if a student handles the product irresponsibly or otherwise maintains or administers the product in a manner that is not appropriate for the educational environment.

    Possession of nonprescription pills, tablets or lozenges at school is authorized only in amounts no greater than could be consumed by a single user during a single school day if used according to the manufacturer’s directions. Nonprescription medication may not be shared or otherwise transferred to any other person. All nonprescription medication possessed by students at school must be in its original wrapper or packaging.

    Student self-administration of prescription medications for the treatment of asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes is governed by District Policies/Procedures 3420/3420P Asthma & Anaphylaxis, and 3415/3415P, Students with Diabetes. 

    Student may self-administer other prescription medications not addressed by the provisions above if the prescribed medication is not a controlled substance and if they have submitted written authorization by a parent and by a medical provided. The medical provider’s signed authorization shall describe the type, frequency, and dosage of medication to be self-administered, and shall expire at the end of each school year. Approval for self-administration will be given if the student’s age, maturity, and skill level are appropriate for self-administration. The student must demonstrate to the school’s professional registered nurse that the student has the skill level necessary to use the medication and any device that is necessary to administer the medication as prescribed during school and at school sponsored events. Approval will be rescinded if a student handles the product irresponsibly or otherwise maintains or administers the product in a manner that is not appropriate for the educational environment.  Possession of self-administered prescription medications at school is authorized only in amounts no greater than could be consumed by a single user during a single school day if used according to the medical provider’s authorization. Prescription medication may not be shared or otherwise transferred to any other person. All prescription medication possessed by students at school must be in its original wrapper or packaging.

    Fifth grade students, middle school students, and high school students may self-administer prescription medication when participating in a school event that requires overnight travel out of state. Prior to the start of travel, students must submit an authorization form signed by a parent or guardian to a school nurse or building administrator for approval. Approval will be given if the student’s age, maturity and skill level are appropriate for self-administration and the logistics of the travel warrant approval of self-administration. The student must demonstrate to the school’s professional registered nurse that the student has the skill level necessary to use the medication and any device that is necessary to administer the medication as prescribed during school and at school sponsored events. Approval will be rescinded if a student handles the product irresponsibly or otherwise maintains or administers the product in a manner that is not appropriate for the educational environment. Signed authorizations shall expire upon return from the school-related travel. Students who are authorized to self-administer prescription medication while traveling must possess amounts no greater than necessary for use during the duration of travel in compliance with the prescription. Prescription medication may not be shared or otherwise transferred to any other person. All prescription medication must be in its original wrapper or packaging.

     

    Adopted:
    12/19/19

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