Sweetwater Un HSD | BP 5141.21 Students
Administering Medication And Monitoring Health Conditions
The Board of Trustees recognizes that some students may need to take medication prescribed by a physician during the school day in order to be able to attend school and/or participate in the educational program. The Superintendent or designee shall develop processes for the administration of medication to these students. For any student with a disability, as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, necessary medication shall be administered in accordance with the student's individualized education program or Section 504 accommodation plan.
(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)
(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)
If a parent/guardian chooses, he/she may administer the medication to his/her child at school or designate another individual who is not a school employee to do so on his/her behalf.
(cf. 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders)
(cf. 6116 - Classroom Interruptions)
In addition, upon written request by the parent/guardian and with the approval of the student's physician, a student with a medical condition that requires frequent treatment, monitoring, or testing may be allowed to self-administer, self-monitor, and/or self-test. The student shall observe universal precautions in the handling of blood and other bodily fluids.
(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)
(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)
(cf. 5141.23 - Asthma Management)
Administration of Medication by School Personnel
Prescribed medication may be administered by the school nurse or other designated school personnel only when the Superintendent or designee has received written statements from both the student's physician and parent/guardian. (Education Code 49423; 5 CCR 600)
School nurses and other designated school personnel shall administer medications in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation and shall be afforded appropriate liability protection.
(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)
Only a school nurse or other school employee with an appropriate medical license may administer an insulin injection to a student. In the event such licensed school personnel are unavailable, the district may contract with a licensed nurse from a public or private agency to administer insulin to the student. However, in an emergency situation such as a public disaster or epidemic, a trained, unlicensed district employee may administer an insulin injection to a student.
(cf. 5141.24 - Specialized Health Care Services)
To the extent that the administration of a medication, such as epinephrine auto-injector or glucagon, is authorized by law, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that unlicensed personnel designated to administer it to students receive appropriate training from qualified medical personnel before any medication is administered. At a minimum, the training shall cover how and when such medication should be administered, recognition of symptoms and treatment, emergency follow-up procedures, and proper documentation and storage of medication. Such trained, unlicensed designated school personnel shall be supervised by and provided with emergency communication access to a school nurse, physician, or other appropriate individual.
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain documentation of the training and ongoing supervision, as well as annual written verification of competency of such other designated school personnel.
48980 Notification at beginning of term
49407 Liability for treatment
49408 Emergency information
49414 Emergency epinephrine auto-injectors
49414.5 Providing school personnel with voluntary emergency training
49422-49427 Employment of medical personnel, especially:
49423 Administration of prescribed medication for student
49423.1 Inhaled asthma medication
49480 Continuing medication regimen; notice
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE
2700-2837 Nursing, especially:
2726 Authority not conferred
2727 Exceptions in general
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
600-611 Administering medication to students
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
1400-1482 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29
794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504
American Nurses Association v. O'Connell, (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 393
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS
Glucagon Training Standards for School Personnel: Providing Emergency Medical Assistance to Pupils with Diabetes, May 2006
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LEGAL ADVISORIES
Legal Advisory on Rights of Students with Diabetes in California's K-12 Public Schools, August 2007
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Training Standards for the Administration of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors, December 2004
NATIONAL DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM PUBLICATIONS
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, June 2003
American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org
California Department of Education, Health Services and School Nursing: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn
National Diabetes Education Program: http://www.ndep.nih.gov
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Blood Institute, asthma information: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/index.htm#asthma
Policy SWEETWATER UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California
revised: June 20, 2011