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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

416 Student Medication

I. PURPOSE
 
The purpose of this policy is to set forth the provisions that must be followed when it is necessary for students to receive medication during the school day, including field trips.
 
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
 
The School District acknowledges that some students may require prescribed and/or over the counter medication during the school day to function as near to their potential as possible.  The School District’s Licensed School Nurse will administer prescribed and/or over the counter medications or the LSN may delegate this duty to designated personnel.
 
III.  REQUIREMENTS
 
A. Prescription and over the counter medication requires a written order from a Licensed Prescriber and a signed authorization from the student’s parent/guardian. 
1.  The medication permission form should be completed at the beginning of each school year, when there is a change in the prescription, or whenever a new prescribed or over the counter medication is started.
 
B. Prescription medication, such as antibiotics, given for 10 days or less, the prescription label on the original container will be accepted as the written order.
 
C. Prescription medication must be in the original prescription container appropriately labeled for the student by the pharmacy or Licensed Prescriber.
 
D. Over the counter medications must come in the original container with the proper label.
 
E.  Medications must be brought to school by a parent/guardian or according to an individual plan developed between the school nurse and parent/guardian. 
     
F. Medications are not to be carried by the student.
1. An exception to this requirement is prescription asthma medication that is self administered with an inhaler (see specific exemptions).
 
G. Medications will be kept in a secured storage area in the health office.
 
H. The health office must be notified immediately by the parent or student 18 years old or older in writing of any change in the student prescription medication administration.  A new medical authorization and a container label with the new pharmacy instructions will be required at that time.
 
I. Medications and/or supplements not having a FDA regulation approval will not be administered to the student or carried by the student.
 
J. The School Nurse, or his or her designee, shall be responsible for the filing of the medication order, parent permission, signed agreements, and documentation of medication administration in the health records of the student file. 
 
K. Medications will be administered according to guidelines in a current Medication Reference edition.
 
L. The Licensed School Nurse shall develop procedures for administration of medication at school and school activities.
 
M. The School Nurse may request to receive further information about the prescription, if needed, prior to administration of the medication.
 
*SPECIFIC EXCEPTIONS
 
1. Medications that are prescribed for asthma or reactive airway disease can be self-administered by a student with an asthma inhaler if:
a. The school has a written permission from the Licensed Prescriber.
b. An agreement has been signed by the parent, student, and health office staff showing the student knows when and how to use the medication
properly.
c. The inhaler is properly labeled for the student.
 
2. Special health treatments such as catheterization, tracheostomy suctioning, and gastrostomy feedings do not constitute administration of medication.
 
3. Drugs or medicine provided or administered by a public health agency to prevent or control an illness or a disease outbreak are not governed by this policy.
 
4. Emergency health procedures, including emergency administration of drugs and medicine are not subject to this policy.
 
5. Medications that are used off school grounds, that are used in connection with athletics or extracurricular activities, or that are used in conjunction with activities that occur before or after the regular school day are not governed by this policy.
 
 
Legal References:

Minn. Stat. § 13.32 (Student Health Data)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.21 (Hiring of Health Personnel)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.22 (Administration of Drugs and Medicine)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.221 (Possession and Use of Asthma Inhalers by Asthmatic Students)
Minn. Stat. § 151.212 (Label of Prescription Drug Containers) 20 U.S.C. 1400, et seq. (IDEA) 29 U.S.C. 794, et seq (Section 504)
 
 
Adopted:  February 23, 2004               

School Board
Independent School District 15
St. Francis, Minnesota

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