FFAC(LOCAL) - WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES: MEDICAL TREATMENT

No employee shall give any student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements of any type, except as authorized by this or other District policy.

Medication Provided by Parent

The Superintendent shall designate the employees and authorized agents who are authorized to administer medication that has been provided by a student's parent. An authorized employee or authorized agent is permitted to administer the following medication in accordance with administrative regulations:

  1. Prescription medication in accordance with legal requirements.
  2. Nonprescription medication, upon a parent's written request, when properly labeled and in the original container.
  3. Herbal substances or dietary supplements provided by the parent and only if required by the individualized education program or Section 504 plan for a student with disabilities.

Medication Provided by District

Except as provided by this policy, the District shall not purchase medication to administer to a student.

Epinephrine

The District authorizes school personnel, authorized agents, and volunteers who have agreed in writing and been adequately trained to administer an unassigned epinephrine auto-injector in accordance with law and this policy. Administration of epinephrine shall only be permitted when an authorized and trained individual reasonably believes a person is experiencing anaphylaxis.

Training

The Department of Comprehensive Health Services shall provide training to school personnel and volunteers authorized to administer an unassigned epinephrine auto-injector on the following:

  1. Recognition of the signs and symptoms associated with life-threatening allergic reactions/anaphylaxis;
  2. How and when to administer an epinephrine auto-injector;
  3. Implementation of emergency procedures after an epinephrine auto-injector is given; and
  4. Proper disposition of used or expired epinephrine auto-injectors.

Training may be provided in a formal training session or through online education and shall be completed annually.

On Campus

Authorized and trained individuals may administer an unassigned epinephrine auto-injector at any time to a person experiencing anaphylaxis on a school campus.

The District shall ensure that at each campus a sufficient number of authorized individuals are trained to administer epinephrine so that at least one trained individual is present on campus during all hours the campus is open. In accordance with state rules, the campus shall be considered open for this purpose during regular on-campus school hours and whenever school personnel are physically on site for school-sponsored activities.

Off Campus

Authorized and trained individuals may administer an unassigned epinephrine auto-injector to a person experiencing anaphylaxis at an off-campus school event or while in transit to or from a school event when an unassigned epinephrine auto-injector is available.

Maintenance, Availability, and Training

The Superintendent shall develop administrative regulations designating a coordinator to manage policy implementation and addressing annual training of authorized individuals in accordance with law; procedures for auto-injector use; and acquisition or purchase, maintenance, expiration, disposal, availability of unassigned epinephrine auto-injectors at each campus, at off-campus events, and while in transit to and from a school event.

Notice to Parents

In accordance with law, the District shall provide notice to parents regarding the epinephrine program, including notice of any change to or discontinuation of this program.

Student Possession of Medication

Except when permitted by law or by this policy, a student shall not be permitted to possess or self-administer prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary substances of any type and shall be required, consistent with administrative regulations or the student handbook, to turn in to the campus office of the student health services team or in their absence, to the designated administrative staff member, any of these substances.

A high school student may possess and self-administer a nonprescription medication in a properly labeled, original container, but shall not share any medication with other students. [See the Student Code of Conduct.]

Psychotropics

Except as permitted by law, an employee shall not:

  1. Recommend to a student or a parent that the student use a psychotropic drug;
  2. Suggest a particular diagnosis; or
  3. Exclude the student from a class or a school-related activity because of the parent's refusal to consent to psychiatric evaluation or examination or treatment of the student.

Medical Treatment

A student's parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control shall annually complete and sign a form that provides emergency information and addresses authorization regarding medical treatment. A student who has reached age 18 shall be permitted to complete this form.

The District shall seek appropriate emergency care for a student as required or deemed necessary.

Austin ISD

FFAC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2021.07

DATE ISSUED: 9/1/2021