FFAC(LOCAL) - WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES: MEDICAL TREATMENT
Procedures shall be established by the administration to ensure that proper attention is given to any student who becomes ill during the course of a school day.
Accidents Involving Students
Emergency procedures shall be established by the administration to ensure proper attention for any student injured at school. Records shall be maintained on all accidents that require the attention of a medical doctor.
Emergency Treatment Forms
Each year, students and parents shall complete and sign a form that provides emergency information and authorizes school officials to obtain emergency medical treatment, as provided by law.
Except as provided below at Provided by District and at Administration of Medication to Athletes, the District shall not purchase medication to administer to a student.
No employee shall give any student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements of any type, except as provided below.
Provided by Parent
Employees authorized by the Superintendent may administer to students:
- Prescription medication in accordance with legal requirements, for a period of up to ten days. [See FFAC(LEGAL)] A written request by a physician or other health-care professional with authority to write prescriptions shall be required when the medication must be administered for a longer period.
- Nonprescription medication, upon a parent's written request, for relief from menstrual cramps and dental or orthodontic procedures, or with a doctor's note for other reasons. All medication shall be properly labeled and in the original container.
- Herbal substances or dietary supplements provided by the parent and only if required by the individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan of a student with disabilities.
Provided by District
In accordance with administrative procedures, employees authorized by the Superintendent may administer Benadryl or Albuterol to a student when deemed necessary.
The District authorizes school personnel 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.
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 personnel 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.
Maintenance, Availability, and Training
The Superintendent shall develop administrative regulations designating a coordinator to manage policy implementation and addressing annual training of school personnel and volunteers in accordance with law; procedures for auto-injector use; and acquisition or purchase, maintenance, expiration, disposal, and availability of unassigned epinephrine auto-injectors at each campus.
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.
Administration of Medication to Athletes
The District shall purchase nonprescription medication that may be used to prevent or treat illness or injury in the District's athletic program. Only a licensed athletic trainer or a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas may administer this medication and may do so only if:
- The student's parent has given prior written consent for medication to be administered; and
- The administration of a medication by an athletic trainer is in accordance with a standing order or procedures approved by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas.
Except as permitted by Education Code 38.016, an employee shall not:
- Recommend to a student or a parent that the student use a psychotropic drug;
- Suggest a particular diagnosis; or
- 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.