210.1.  POSSESSION/USE OF ASTHMA INHALERS/EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS - Pg.

210.1.  POSSESSION/USE OF ASTHMA INHALERS/EPINEPHRINE

AUTO-INJECTORS

  1. Authority

SC 1414.1

Pol. 103.1

The Board shall permit students in the district schools to possess asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors, and to self-administer the prescribed medication in compliance with state law and Board policy.

        

2.        Definitions

        SC 1401

Asthma inhaler shall mean a prescribed device used for self-administration of short-acting, metered doses of prescribed medication to treat an acute asthma attack.

Epinephrine auto-injector shall mean a prescribed disposable drug delivery system designed for the self-administration of epinephrine to provide rapid first aid for persons suffering the effects of anaphylaxis.

Self-administration shall mean a student’s use of medication in accordance with a prescription or written instructions from a licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

3.        Guidelines

        SC 1414.1

        Title 22

        Sec. 12.41

Before a student may possess or use an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector in the school setting, the Board shall require the following:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. A written statement from the licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant that states:

  1. Name of the drug.

  1. Prescribed dosage.

  1. Times medication is to be taken.

  1. Length of time medication is prescribed.

  1. Diagnosis or reason medication is needed, unless confidential.

  1. Potential serious reaction or side effects of medication.

  1. Emergency response.

  1. If child is qualified and able to self-administer the medication.

      SC 1414.1

      SC 1414.1

      SC 1414.1

      SC 1409

      Pol. 216

The student shall notify the school nurse immediately following each use of an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector.

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.

Student health records shall be confidential and maintained in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.

        SC 1414.1

A student whose parent/guardian completes the written requirements for the student to possess an asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector and to self-administer the prescribed medication in the school setting shall demonstrate to the school nurse the competency for self-administration and responsible behavior in use of the medication.  Determination of competency for self-administration shall be based on the student’s age, cognitive function, maturity and demonstration of responsible behavior.

      SC 1414.1

      Pol. 113.1, 218,

              227

     

 SC 1414.1

      SC 1414.1

      Title 22

      Sec. 12.3

      Pol. 218

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 shall result in loss of privilege to self-carry the asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector and disciplinary action in accordance with Board policy.

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 student’s classroom teaches shall be informed where the medication is stored and the means to access the medication.

The district shall annually distribute to students and parents/guardians this policy along with the Code of Student Conduct.

The district shall post this policy on the district website, if available.

4.        Delegation of         Responsibility

The Superintendent or designee, in conjunction with the school nurse(s), may develop administrative regulations for student possession of asthma inhalers or epinephrine auto-injectors and self-administration of prescribed medication.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 1401, 1409, 1414.1

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 12.3, 12.41

Board Policy – 000, 103.1, 113.1, 216, 218, 227

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