Medication and Personal Care Items
Adoption: 7/7/09 Revised: 9/13/16; 7/2/18
7513 - MEDICATION AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
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 to a student during the school day (with limited exceptions listed below in paragraph c). For the purpose of this policy, the term "medication" includes both prescription and non-prescription medications. The school must receive the following before medication will be administered to a student:
a) The original written order from the student's provider stating the name of the medication, the purpose, precise dosage, frequency, and time of administration (if relevant) or any special circumstances under which prescribed medication shall be administered;
All medication orders (both prescription and non-prescription) must be reviewed annually by school health office personnel or whenever there is a change in dosage.
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 school-sponsored activity will be in accordance with State Education Department Guidelines.
Per Public Health Law 3362 (2)(a) “possession of medical marihuana shall not be lawful under the title if it is smoked, consumed, vaporized or grown in a public place regardless of the form of medical marihuana stated in the patient’s certification.” Medical marihuana products are not to be consumed under any circumstances in vaporized form in any location in which smoking is prohibited which includes K-12 educational institutions (10 NYCRR 1004.18 (a) (13). Similarly, vaporization of approved medical marihuana products is not permitted within 100 feet of the entrance, exists, outdoor areas, school district vehicles (with the exception of vaporization in a residence or the real property boundary lines of such residence) of any District school. The New York Compassionate Care Act (CCA) recently authorized medical marihuana under certain specified conditions. At present, however, federal law considers marihuana to be a controlled substance with possession triggering possible criminal sanctions. In addition, the CCA limits where medical marihuana can be consumed, prohibiting consumption in public places which includes educational institutions. Medical marihuana is therefore not allowed to be administered to students on school property.
The administration of student prescribed emergency medication (injectable, including “epi-pens,” and/or oral) to a student for extreme hypersensitivity may be performed by a trained school staff member responding to the emergency. Since a student may be too critically ill during a medical emergency to administer his/her own medications, a volunteer staff member may be trained to recognize, manage and assist the student administering the medication. Such a response would fall under the Good Samaritan exemption for rendering emergency care during a life threatening situation.
Students with Asthma or Other Respiratory Illnesses
The District will make a nebulizer available on-site in school buildings where full- or part-time nursing services are provided. Only students with a patient-specific order may have access to the nebulizer. School nursing personnel will clean and maintain the District nebulizer as appropriate.
Self-Administration of Medication
Each student who is permitted to self-administer medication should have an emergency care plan on file with the District. Further, the school will maintain a record of all written physician or health care provider/parental consents in the student's cumulative health record.
Students with Asthma or Another Respiratory Disease
In accordance with the law, the District shall permit students who have been diagnosed by a physician or other duly authorized health care provider as having a severe asthmatic condition be permitted to carry and self-administer their prescribed inhaled rescue medication during the school day, on school property, and at any school function if the school health office has the following on file:
Upon written request of the student's parent or person in parental relation, the student will be encouraged to maintain an extra inhaled rescue medication in the care and custody of the school's registered professional nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or school physician. However, the law does not require the District to retain a school nurse solely for the purpose of taking custody of a spare inhaler, or require that a school nurse be available at all times in a school building for such purpose.
Students with Allergies
A student will be permitted to carry and self-administer his/her prescribed EpiPen during the school day, on school property, and at any school function if the school health office has the following on file:
Upon written request of the student's parent or person in parental relation, the school will allow the student to maintain an extra EpiPen in the care and custody of a licensed nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or school physician.
Students with Diabetes
A student will be permitted to carry and self-administer his/her prescribed insulin through an appropriate medication delivery device, carry glucagon, and carry and use equipment and supplies necessary to check blood glucose and/or ketone levels during the school day, on school property, and at any school function if the school health office has the following on file:
Feminine Hygiene Products
Each school building within the District serving students in any grade from six through twelve will provide feminine hygiene products in building restrooms. These products will be provided at no cost to students.
Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) permits the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers in schools. The school medical director may approve and permit the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers in the District's schools without a physician's order. Parents may provide written notification to the school in the event that they do not wish to have their child use this product.
Students may carry and use FDA approved sunscreen products for over-the-counter use. The student's parent or person in parental relation must provide written permission for the student to carry and use sunscreen. This written parental consent will be maintained by the school. A student who is unable to physically apply sunscreen may be assisted by unlicensed personnel when directed to do so by the student, if permitted by a parent or person in parental relation, and authorized by the school.
Storage and Disposal of Medication
The District will comply with relevant state laws, regulations, and guidelines governing the District's receipt, storage, and disposal of medication.
Misuse of Self-Carry Medication
In the event that a student inappropriately uses and/or shares self-carry medication, school administration will be notified and appropriate corrective action will be taken.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 [Public Law 108-446 Section 614(a)]
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 USC Sections 1400 et seq.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC Section 794 et seq.
Education Law Sections 902(b), 907, 916, 916-a, 916-b, 919, 921, 6527, and 6908(1)(a)(iv), 6909
Public Health Law Section 267, 3000-a, 3000-c, 3309, 3362 (2) (a)
8 NYCRR Section 136.6, 136.7, 10 NYCRR 104.18 (a and b)
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