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5330 - Use of Medications

The Board shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness except when it is determined by the Superintendent that the majority of the students within a school would benefit from the assistance of on-site medical professionals.

The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours, or if the child is disabled and requires medication to benefit from the educational program.

For purposes of this policy, "medication" shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a licensed health care provider and any nonprescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies. "Treatment" refers both to the manner in which a medication is administered and to health-care procedures which require nurses such as tracheostomy suctioning.

Before any prescribed medication or treatment may be administered to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written prescription from the child's licensed health care provider accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. Parents may administer medication or treatment. The child's licensed health care provider and the parent must also authorize in writing any self-medication by the student, and they must acknowledge that school personnel will not be responsible or liable for the student's self-administration of, or the failure to self-administer, prescribed medication or treatments. Authorization for self-administration of medication can be withdrawn if abused by the student. Medication may not be possessed or carried by a student in the school except as approved by the Superintendent. Furthermore, no student is allowed to provide or sell any type of medication to another student. Violations of this rule will be considered violations of Policy 5530 - Drug Prevention and of the Student/Parent Handbook.

The only medication that will be administered will be a prescription in its original container, labeled with the date, the student's name, and exact dosage or over-the-counter medication if ordered by a licensed health care provider. The Superintendent will designate person(s) to be responsible for accepting, counting, and administering the medication. It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian/adult student to bring appropriate medication and medical supplies to the school and deliver it to the staff member at the school-site who is designated to administer medication or perform the appropriate medical procedures.

The designated person(s) will complete a medication log for each student when medication is administered. Medication will be counted and stored properly in the original container under lock and key. Proper disposal of unused medication shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent.

A licensed nurse will administer any medication requiring injection, the insertion of a device into the body, or other invasive medical services that require special medical knowledge, nursing judgment, and nursing assessment when both the medication and the procedure are prescribed by a licensed health care provider. Unlicensed assistive personnel, with appropriate training, may administer medication and perform non-invasive procedures consistent with established medical protocol, State statute, and Board procedure.

Inservice programs directed by the Superintendent will be conducted for those authorized to administer prescribed medication, treatment, or procedures.

F.S. 464.003, 1006.062

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