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District Medication Policy


MEDICINE AT SCHOOL (All Grade Levels) Medication that must be administered to a student during school hours must be provided by the student’s parent. All medication, whether prescription or nonprescription, must be kept in the nurse’s office and administered by the nurse or another authorized district employee, unless the student is authorized to possess his or her own medication because of asthma or a severe allergy as described below or as otherwise allowed by law. A full-time nurse is available at the clinic to administer first aid and assist students who become ill during the day. Except in emergencies, a student should not go to the clinic during the transition time between classes but should report to the assigned class and secure a pass from the teacher before seeing the nurse. Medications must be taken to the nurse’s office before school. It must be in the original container with the student’s name on the prescription. All medicine will be taken in the presence of the nurse. The district will not purchase nonprescription medication to give to a student. District employees will not give a student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions: Only authorized employees, in accordance with policy FFAC, may administer:

• Prescription medication must be, in the original, properly labeled container, with the students name, time the medication is to be administered, amount to be given. Medication must be provided by the parent, along with a written request for administration.

• Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a registered nurse or another qualified district employee from the original, properly labeled container.

• Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided bythe parent along with a written request.

• Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by thestudent’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan for a student with disabilities.

 A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may be permitted to possess and use prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication at school or school-related events only if he or she has written authorization from his or her parent and a physician or other licensed health-care provider. The student must also demonstrate to his or her physician or health-care provider and to the school nurse the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any device required to administer the medication. If the student has been prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for use during the school day, the student and parents should discuss this with the school nurse or principal. In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a school-related activity. See the school nurse or principal for information. [See policy FFAF(LEGAL).]