Greencastle Community School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

5330 - USE OF MEDICATION

The medication which may be administered is defined in Policy 5330. In those circumstances where a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:

 

A.

Parents should determine with their physician's counsel whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours.

   
 

B.

The Medication Request and Authorization Form 5330 F1, Authorization for Prescribed Medication or Treatment, must be filed with the respective building principal before the student will be allowed to begin taking any medication during school hours. This written and signed request form is to be submitted on an annual basis and will include:

   
 

1.

student's name;

   
 

2.

medication and dosage or procedure required;

   
 

3.

times required;

   
 

4.

special instructions including storage and sterility requirements;

   
 

5.

date prescribed medication will be started;

   
 

6.

date prescribed medication will no longer be needed;

   
 

7.

physician's name, address, and telephone number;

   
 

8.

probable side effects;

   
 

9.

authorization by both the physician and the parent for a student to self-administer the medication but only in the presence of an authorized staff member or parent;

   
 

10.

authorization for school personnel to administer the prescribed medication, if necessary;

   
 

11.

agreement/satisfactory arrangement to deliver medication to/from school;

   
 

12.

agreement to notify the school in writing if the medication, dosage, schedule, or procedure is changed or eliminated. A new request form must be submitted each school year or for each new medication.

   
 

C.

All medication to be administered during school hours must be registered with the principal's office. Upon receipt of the medication, the nurse shall verify the amount of medication brought to the school and indicate that amount on the student medication log sheet. Medication should be kept in a locked cabinet in the clinic or nurse's office, when possible.

   
 

D.

For each prescribed medication, the container shall have a pharmacist's label with the following information:

   
 

1.

student's name

   
 

2.

physician's name

   
 

3.

date

   
 

4.

pharmacy name and telephone

   
 

5.

name of medication

   
 

6.

prescribed dosage and frequency

   
 

7.

special handling and storage directions

   
 

E.

Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent will be destroyed by the administrative personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of a school year.

   
 

F.

The staff member administering the medication shall ensure that the student takes the medication properly.

   
 

G.

If a student does not take the medication at the proper time, the staff member responsible for administering the medication shall take appropriate steps to locate the student and administer the medication and to then notify the parents of the importance of the child reporting on time for his/her medication.

   
 

H.

All medication is to be administered in such a way as to not unduly embarrass the student.

   
 

I.

A log for each prescribed medication shall be maintained which will note the personnel giving the medication, the date, and the time of day. This log will be maintained along with the physician's written request and the parent's written release.

   
 

J.

If, for supportable reasons, the principal wishes to discontinue the privilege of a student self-administering a medication, s/he shall notify the parent of this decision in sufficient time for an alternative administration to be established.

   
 

K.

Written documentation of any training provided for each person authorized to administer a prescribed medication or treatment will show:

   
 

1.

what training was given;

   
 

2.

the trainer's name and professional status;

   
 

3.

when the training was given;

   
 

4.

the duration of the training.

   
 

L.

If a student is exhibiting behavior which causes the teacher to be concerned about his/her medical status, this behavior must be reported to the building principal and expressed in writing in behavioral terms.

     
 

M.

Auto-Injectable Epinephrine

     
   

The school principal may fill a prescription for auto-injectable epinephrine to be stored at school if an Indiana licensed health care provider with authority to issue a prescription writes a prescription for auto-injectable epinephrine for the school. The school must store the auto-injectable epinephrine in a safe location to which only school personnel have access.

     
   

A school nurse may administer auto-injectable epinephrine to any of the following individuals if the individual is demonstrating signs or symptoms of life-threatening anaphylaxis and the individual does not have epinephrine at the school or the individual's prescription is not available:

     
 

1.

students at the school

     
 

2.

school personnel

     
 

3.

visitors at the school

     
   

School employees may administer auto-injectable epinephrine that is stored at school pursuant to this guideline if:

     
 

1.

the school employee has received training in:

     
 

a.

recognizing anaphylaxis; and

     
 

b.

the proper administration of auto-injectable epinephrine

     
 

by a health care provider who is licensed or certified in Indiana, whose practice includes the administration of auto-injectable epinephrine, who has received training in the administration of auto-injectable epinephrine, and who is knowledgeable in recognizing the symptoms of anaphylaxis and the administration of auto-injectable epinephrine; and

     
 

2.

the individual to whom the epinephrine is being administered is:

     
 

a.

a student at the school;

     
 

b.

a member of school personnel; or

     
 

c.

a visitor at the school.

   
 

Auto-injectable epinephrine must be administered in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines and the above provisions.

   
 

N.

Narcan or Other Overdose Administration Drug

     
   

The school principal may fill a prescription for an overdose administration drug to be stored at school if an Indiana licensed health care provider with authority to issue a prescription writes a prescription for an overdose administration drug for the school. The school must store the overdose administration drug in a safe location to which only school personnel have access.

     
   

A school nurse or Corporation employee who has received training on drug overdose response and treatment, including the administration of an overdose intervention drug, may administer an overdose administration drug obtained via a prescription written for the Corporation by a prescriber described above to an individual who is experiencing an apparent opioid-related overdose while on school property during school hours and/or at a school event if the school nurse or Corporation employee is acting in good faith and attempts to summon emergency services either immediately before or immediately after administering the overdose intervention drug.

     
   

The Superintendent shall delegate or assume the responsibility for annually registering with either the State department or local health department in the county where the Corporation is located in a manner prescribed by the State Department of Health.

     
   

The Superintendent shall ensure that education and training on drug overdose response and treatment, including the administration of an overdose intervention drug is provided at least every two (2) year(s) to all school nurses and all Corporation employees who may administer an overdose administration drug.

     
   

The Superintendent shall ensure that drug addiction treatment information and referrals to drug treatment programs, including programs in the local area and programs that offer medication assisted treatment that includes a Federal Food and Drug Administration-approved long-acting, nonaddictive medication for the treatment of opioid or alcohol dependence is provided to:

     
 

1.

all Corporation staff by the Corporationís Human Resources Director or nurse at least annually;

     
 

2.

all students in each school building by the building principal at least annually.

   
 

O.

In order to minimize health and safety risks to student-athletes and maintain ethical standards, school personnel, coaches, athletic trainees, and lay coaches should never dispense, supply or recommend, the use of any drug, medication, or food supplement solely for performance-enhancing purposes.

A student may possess and use a topical, non-aerosol sunscreen product while on school property or at a school sponsored event or activity. The student does not have to have a physicianís note or prescription for the product nor is the student required to store the product in a specific location if the product is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The parent may request in writing that Corporation personnel assist with the application of a topical sunscreen product. Corporation personnel may but are not required to assist with applying the topical sunscreen product.

Revised 8/96
Revised 9/04
Revised 10/19/15
Revised 9/25/17
Revised 2/25/19

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