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MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

The supervision of oral medications shall be in strict compliance with the rules and regulations of the Board as carried out by district administrators.

Diagnosis and treatment of illness and the prescribing of drugs, medicines, and nostrums are not the responsibility of the public schools and are not to be practiced by any school personnel, including the school nurse, unless authorized. School personnel are advised that the Nurse Practice Act KSA 65-1113 et seq., as amended, makes it illegal for school nurses to administer medications and treatment that have not been prescribed by a medical person authorized to prescribe medication.  The law under this statue also prohibits any acts of diagnosis.           

In certain explained circumstances when medication is necessary in order that the student remain in school, the school may cooperate with parents in the supervision of medication that the student will use, but the medical person authorized to prescribe medication must send a written order to the school nurse, who may supervise the administration of the medication or treatment.  The parents must submit a written request to the school nurse requesting the school’s cooperation in such supervision and releasing the school district and personnel from liability.              

Under the following rule, the supervision of medications by school personnel, including the school nurse, is authorized:

·       School personnel shall not be required to be custodians of any medication except as required by a written order of a licensed medical person.

·       The medications shall be examined by the school employee administering the medication to determine in his/her judgment that it appears to be in the original container, to be properly labeled, and to be properly authorized by the written order of a licensed medical person.

·       The school nurse may choose to discontinue the administration of medication provided that he/she has first notified the parents or medical person in advance of the date of such discontinuance and the reason why.

·       The school nurse or his/her designee authorized to give medication, shall log any medication administered on the student’s medication record, which will be kept in the student medical file.

·       In the administration of medication, the school employee shall not be deemed to have assumed to oneself any other legal responsibility other than acting as a duly authorized employee of the school district.

STUDENT SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS

As used in this policy, medication means a medicine for the treatment of anaphylactic reactions or asthma which is prescribed by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery; a certified advanced registered nurse practitioner who has authority to prescribe drugs; or a licensed physician assistant who has authority to prescribe drugs pursuant to a written protocol with a responsible physician.

The self-administration of medication is allowed for students in grades 7-12.  To be eligible, a student shall meet all requirements of this policy.  Parents/guardians shall submit a completed Permission for Self-Administration of Medication Form, available in the DCJ/SHS office

The parent or guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school incurs no liability for any injury resulting from the self-administration of medication and agreeing to indemnify and hold the school, and its employees and agents, harmless against any claims relating to the self-administration of such medication.

 

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