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Administering Medication And Monitoring Health Conditions   

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The district recognizes that some students need to take medication at school. To encourage school attendance, the district may make provision for the storage/administration of medication to students during the regular school day when authorized by parent/guardian and physician.

1. Only prescription medication prescribed by the student's physician as being necessary to be taken during school hours should be brought to school.

2. When prescription medication must be taken throughout the school year, a current Authorization for Medication Administration, signed by parent/guardian and physician, must be on file and renewed each school year.

3. Prescription medication should be taken in accordance with the physician's instructions and under the supervision of a designated school employee as determined by the physician. Students may be permitted to carry medication under direction from the physician.

4. A written statement from the physician detailing the method, amount, and time schedule for administration of medication should be filed at school.

5. When a prescription medication must be taken on a short-term basis, a written statement from the student's parent/guardian authorizing designated school personnel to administer medication according to physician's order must be filed at school.

6. The medication supply at school should be in the original prescription containers, clearly marked with name of student, name of physician, name of medication, dosage and specific times or situations to be administered. Documentation shall be kept as to dates/times medication is given to student.

7. All medication should be kept in a secure locked place.

8. The teacher shall make provisions for the student to be released at a specific time for the administration of medication.

9. If a parent/guardian requests an OTC (over-the-counter) medication be stored/administered at school, there must be a written note from the parent/guardian. Based upon information from the parents/guardians, information from the student's physician, and the school nurse's professional judgment, a plan will be developed for the storage and administration of the OTC medication.

10. If the parent/guardian so chooses, he/she may administer the medication to his/her child. In addition, the parent/guardian may designate another individual who is not a school employee to administer the medication to the student.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

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

49414.7 Emergency medical assistance: administration of epilepsy medication

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

3501 Definitions

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

600-611 Administering medication to students

620-627 Administration of emergency antiseizure medication by trained volunteer nonmedical school personnel

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

COURT DECISIONS

American Nurses Association v. Torlakson, (2013) 57 Cal.App.4th 570

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Pandemic Influenza, Fact Sheet, September 2007

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS

Glucagon Training Standards for School Personnel: Providing Emergency Medical Assistance to Pupils with Diabetes, May 2006

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Legal Advisory on Rights of Students with Diabetes in California's K-12 Public Schools, August 2007

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

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

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 VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 17, 2011 Vista, California