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7523 - Student Medication

Policy: Student Medication Policy Number: 7523
Date of Original Policy: 04/22/2015 Date Revision Adopted: 10/14/2020
Reviewed by Policy Committee: 09/19/2020 Date of Next Review: 04/22/2023
Replacement of Policy Number:  

School nurses, principals, and other school personnel are frequently asked to dispense medications to students. Compliance with such requests must follow statutory regulations, as outlined in the Nurse Practice Act, provisions of State Education Law, and the SED Guidelines for Administration of Medications in Schools. The Jordan-Elbridge Central School District recognizes that under certain circumstances it may be necessary for a student to receive medication during school hours. The school nurse (RN) may cooperate with the parents to provide such services, only in conjunction with a medical regimen prescribed by a licensed health care provider.

It is the policy of the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District to ensure the health and safety of any student receiving medication administered during the school day by either the Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), under the direction of the school nurse. Cooperative communication is encouraged between parents, the school nurse and the family licensed health care provider in addressing the student's medication needs.
The RN/LPN, in conjunction with a medical regimen prescribed by a licensed health care provider, will administer medication including prescription and over-the-counter medications only when the following circumstances have been satisfied:
 
1. A written request from the parent/guardian to administer the medication, as specified by the licensed health
    care provider, has been submitted.

2. A written licensed health care provider’s statement has been submitted, indicating the name of the
    prescribed medication, the dosage, the frequency or administration, and the duration.

3. The medication in its original container has been delivered by a parent, guardian or adult designee, to only
     the school nurse. Prescription medication must have a pharmacy label and over-the-counter medication must
     be in the original packaging. Medication containers should be labeled with the student’s first and last name.

4. All medication is secured within the locked storage area of the Health Office.

5. Student’s identification has been verified prior to administration of medication.

EMERGENCY INDIVIDUAL HEALTHCARE PLANS will be written and in place for any student requiring potentially lifesaving intervention such as epinephrine or glucagon. The RN, parent and student (if age appropriate) will participate in creating and monitoring this plan. It will be maintained by the school nurse and renewed at least annually.

EXCEPTIONS TO POLICY:

There are times when it will be appropriate and prudent for students who are self-directed to carry and administer their own medication. Whenever possible, medication needed during school hours should be kept in the Health Office. When arrangements need to be made for students to carry medicine for field trips, before/after school activities, or during school, the RN MUST be the one who determines if all criteria are met for this to occur. The School Administrator must notify the nurse early in the process of scheduling off campus events.

AMPLIFYING INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES:
 
The responsibility for developing and revising the administrative guidelines and procedures for this policy shall reside with the Superintendent of Schools and/or his/her designee.

DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY:

The Superintendent or his/her designee has the responsibility for enforcing this policy by communicating it to all relevant personnel, and by providing necessary instructions and guidelines to the appropriate administrators.

REPORTS:

All necessary or required reports pertaining to the implementation of this policy will be distributed, completed and forwarded to the appropriate administrative personnel.


 
 
Superintendent: James R. Froio
Phone: 315.689.8500
Address: 9 N. Chappell St., PO Box 902 | Jordan, NY 13080