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    STUDENTS/PUPILS POLICIES NUMBER 211
     
    ADMINISTRATION OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL
     
    School personnel shall be authorized to assist students in the administration of prescription medication or to administer prescription medication to students while on school property or off campus on official school business when failure to take such medication during the school day could jeopardize the student's health.
     
    Only the principal or his designee shall administer prescription medication to the student or assist the student in the administration of such medication. Administration of prescription medication by school personnel shall be done only by those persons who have been trained to do so by the Volusia County Health Department or Volusia County School Board designated licensed student health services personnel and only pursuant to authorization by the student's parent or guardian and in accord with procedures established by the superintendent.
     
    Prescription medication shall not be allowed on school property or off campus at school sponsored activities unless the provisions of this policy and the procedures established by the superintendent have been followed.
     
    Legal Authority:
     
    Sections 1001.41(2), 1001.43(7), 120.54, Florida Statutes 
    Laws Implemented: 
    Section 1006.062, Florida Statutes 
    (Adopted -- February 12, 1985) 
    (Revised -- October 10, 1989, November 9, 1999; July 27, 2004) 
    (Effective -- July 27, 2004)
     
    STUDENTS/PUPILS POLICIES NUMBER 212
     
    ADMINISTRATION OF EMERGENCY INJECTABLE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
     
    A student who has experienced or is at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions may carry an epinephrine auto-injector and self-administer epinephrine by auto-injector while at school, participating in school-sponsored activities, or in transit to or from school or school-sponsored activities if the school has been provided with parental and physician authorization.
     
    The school district shall be responsible for annual in-service medication training, successful child specific training, as well as first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provisions consistent with implementation of Florida Statute 1002.20.
     
    The school district, county health department, and the employees and volunteers of these agencies shall be indemnified by the parent of the student authorized to carry an epinephrine auto-injector for any and all liability with respect to the student's use of an epinephrine auto-injector.
     
    Emergency injectable prescription medication shall not be allowed on school property or off campus at school sponsored activities unless the provisions of this policy and the procedures established by the superintendent have been followed.
     
    Legal Authority: 
    Sections 1001.41(2), 1001.42(22), Florida Statutes 
    Laws Implemented: 
    Section 1002.20, Florida Statutes 
    History: 
    (Adopted -- February 28, 2006) 
    (Effective -- January 1, 2006)
     
     
    PROCEDURE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
     
    1. At the request of a student's parent or guardian and doctor, administration of prescription medication may be done by a principal or his/her designee. The principal and the designated staff member shall have appropriate training and certification by the Volusia County Health Department prior to the administration of any medication.
     
    2. A district form, "Authorization for School Personnel to Administer Prescription Medication to Students," must be completed by the student's parent or guardian and doctor prior to the administration of prescription medication. A separate authorization form shall be completed by the student's parent/guardian for each prescription medication that must be taken during the school day.
     
    3. Each prescription medication to be administrated by school personnel shall be delivered to and/or retrieved from the designated school staff member by the student' s parent, guardian, or other adult designee. An adult designee must have written authorization from the child's parent or guardian.
     
    4. A parent or guardian may allow his/her child to self-administer prescription medicine in school or away from school on a school-sponsored activity provided that the parent/guardian shall have on file in the office of the principal a completed " Authorization for Student Administered Medication." A separate authorization form shall be completed by the student's parent/guardian for each prescription medication that must be taken during the school day. The school system will not be responsible for administration of such medication.
     
    5. The above mentioned "Authorizations" must be reviewed at 3 month intervals by the school health nurse.
     
    6. Each prescription medication to be administered (or self-administered) in school or off-campus at a school-sponsored activity must be prescribed by a duly licensed medical practitioner authorized by the laws of this state to prescribe such medications. It must be brought to school in the original container labeled by the pharmacy or prescribing physician with the following information: 
    a. Name of student
    b. Name of prescribing physician
    c. Name of medicine
    d. Instructions as to dosage (amount, time and method)
    e. Indication of special storage, if needed
    f. Pharmacy's name, address, phone number, if applicable. Each school will keep a current record of all medications administered to students by completing for each student the district form, "Daily Record of Medication Administered."
     
    7. All medication to be administered by school personnel must be stored in its original container under lock and key in a location designated by the principal.
     
    8. If prior arrangements have been made with the principal or his designee, a parent or guardian may go to the school to administer prescribed or non-prescribed (over-the-counter) medications to the child. The parent or guardian shall complete the " Daily Record of Medication Administered."
     
    9. Authorization for the administration of prescription medication, either by school personnel or by the student, shall expire concurrently with the prescription.
     
    For a printable version of the medication authorization forms refer to the "Health Related Forms" link.  
     
     
     
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