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 who are authorized to administer medication that has been provided by a student's parent. An authorized employee is permitted to administer the following medication in accordance with administrative regulations:
- Prescription medication in accordance with legal requirements.
- Nonprescription medication, upon a parent's written request, when properly labeled and in the original container. Nonprescription medications shall be administered according to the package directions for a maximum of ten school days or two weeks, unless otherwise ordered in writing by a physician licensed in the United States or other health-care professional with authority to write prescriptions.
- Herbal substances or dietary supplements provided by the parent and prescribed by a physician licensed in the United States or other health-care professional with authority to write prescriptions 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.
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 District has prior written consent for medication to be administered [see Medical Treatment, below]; 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
District personnel may confiscate prescription or nonprescription medications when such medications are not possessed or used by a student in accordance with Board policy or administrative procedure.