It shall be the policy of the Board of Education that the giving of medicine to students during school hours be discouraged and restricted to medication that cannot be given on an alternative schedule. The Board of Education recognizes that some students may require medication for chronic or short term illness/injury or disabling condition during the school day to enable them to remain in school and participate in their education. The Board of Education hereby grants students the authority to possess and self-administer medicine prescribed or ordered by a physician for the treatment of chronic health conditions, including asthma or anaphylaxis. Further, the Board of Education authorizes school nurses to determine and maintain an adequate supply of epinephrine and albuterol at school, which may be administered at the discretion of the school nurse, or other school employee trained by and supervised by the nurse, in emergency situations. The Superintendent, in collaboration with the district nursing staff, will establish administrative regulations for storing and administering medications in compliance with this policy and pursuant to state and federal law.
Administering Medications when the Nurse is Unavailable
The administration of medication, including over-the-counter medications, is a nursing activity governed by the State of Missouri Nurse Practice Act. It must be performed by the registered professional school nurse. Said nurse may delegate and supervise the administration of medication by unlicensed personnel who are qualified by education, knowledge and skill to do so. Said registered nurse must provide and document the requisite education, training, and competency verification.
When the nurse is unavailable, the following procedures shall apply:
1.) Repackaging of medications will be witnessed. The nurse will record as a field trip or after school medication in the comment section of the Health Office Visit tab within the health module of Infinite Campus.
2.) Repackaged medications will be labeled with:
Dosage to be given (# of pills if in pill form)
Time to be given
3.) The individual giving medication on a field trip or after school will record the time given and signature on the pill envelope or the inhaler/Epi Pen bag label and return the envelope and bag to the nurse.
4.) The nurse will include the record of the administration of the medicine in the student health file by stapling the envelopes/labels to the Request for Medication Form which is on file and remains a part of the cumulative health record.
The nurse will train annually, and follow appropriate delegation procedures for teachers and other staff who may be expected to handle medication administration, including, but not limited to oral medications, metered dose inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors.