Administration of Medication

Under certain circumstances, when it is necessary for a student to take medication (prescription and non-prescription) during school hours, the school’s registered professional nurse may administer the medication if the parent or person in parental relation submits a written request accompanied by a written request from a physician indicating the frequency and dosage of prescribed medication. The parent or person in parental relation must assume responsibility to have the medication delivered directly to the health office in a properly labeled original container.
Procedures for receipt, storage and disposal of medications as well as procedures for taking medications off school grounds or after school hours while participating in a school-sponsored activity will be in accordance with New York State Education Department Guidelines.

Emergency Medication
The administration of emergency medication (injectable, including “epi-pens,” and/or oral) to a student for extreme hypersensitivity may be performed by any school staff member responding to the emergency. Such a response would fall under the Good Samaritan exemption for rendering emergency care during a life-threatening situation.

Use of Inhalers in Schools
In accordance with law, the school district must permit students who have been diagnosed by a physician or other duly authorized health care provider as having a severe asthmatic condition to carry and use a prescribed inhaler during the school day. Prior to permitting such use, the school health office must receive the written permission of the prescribing physician or other duly authorized health care provider and parental consent, based on such physician’s or provider’s determination that the student is subject to sudden asthmatic attacks severe enough to debilitate that student. In addition, upon the written request of a parent or person in parental relation, the board shall allow such pupils to maintain an extra inhaler in the care and custody of the school’s registered professional nurse. A record of such physician or health care provider/parental permission shall be maintained in the school health office.
Health office personnel will maintain regular parental contact in order to monitor the effectiveness of such self-medication procedures and to clarify parental responsibility as to the daily monitoring of their child to ensure that the medication is being utilized in accordance with the physician’s or provider’s instructions. Additionally, the student will be required to report to the health office on a periodic basis as determined by health office personnel so as to maintain an ongoing evaluation of the student’s management of such self-medication techniques and to work cooperatively with the parents and the student regarding such self-care management.
Students who self-administer medication without proper authorization, under any circumstances, will be referred for counseling by school nursing personnel. Additionally, school administration and parents will be notified of such unauthorized use of medication by the student and school administration may also be involved in determining the proper resolution of such student behavior.
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