Code 210.1 regarding Student Self-Administration of Asthma Inhalers and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
Before a student may possess or use an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector in the school setting, the Board shall require the following:
A written request from the parent/guardian that the school complies with the order of the licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
A written statement from the parent/guardian acknowledging that the school is not responsible for ensuring the medication is taken and relieving the district and its employees of responsibility for the benefits or consequences of the prescribed medication.
A written statement from the licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant that states:
- Name of the drug.
- Prescribed dosage.
- Times medication is to be taken.
- Length of time medication is prescribed.
- Diagnosis or reason medication is needed, unless confidential.
- Potential serious reaction or side-effects of medication.
- Emergency response.
- If child is qualified and able to self-administer the medication.
A written acknowledgement from the school nurse that the student has demonstrated that s/he is capable of self-administration of the asthma inhaler and/or epinephrine auto-injector in the school setting. Determination of competency for self-administration shall be based on the student’s age, cognitive function, maturity and demonstration of responsible behavior.
A written acknowledgement from the student that s/he has received instruction from the student's licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant on proper safety precautions for the handling and disposal of the asthma inhaler and/or epinephrine auto-injector, including acknowledgement that the student will not allow other students to have access to the prescribed medication and that s/he understands appropriate safeguards.
The district reserves the right to require a statement from the licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant for the continued use of a medication beyond the specified time period.
A written request for student use of an asthma inhaler and/or epinephrine auto-injector shall be submitted annually, along with required written statements from the parent/guardian and an updated prescription. If there is a change in the student's prescribed care plan, level of self-management or school circumstances during the school year, the parent/guardian and the licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant shall update the written statements.
The student shall notify the school nurse immediately following each use of an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector.
Students shall be prohibited from sharing, giving, selling, and using an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector in any manner other than which it is prescribed during school hours, at any time while on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, and during the time spent traveling to and from school and school-sponsored activities. Violations of this policy, provisions of a Service Agreement or IEP, or demonstration of unwillingness or inability to safeguard the asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector may result in loss of privilege to self-carry the asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector and disciplinary action in accordance with Board policy and applicable procedural safeguards.
If the district denies a student’s request to self-carry an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector or the student has lost the privilege of self-carrying an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector, the student’s prescribed medication shall be appropriately stored at a location in close proximity to the student. The school nurse, other designated school employees and the student’s classroom teachers shall be informed where the medication is stored and the means to access the medication.
Please contact your child's respective building nurse for medication order forms and any questions you may have.