County Public Schools personnel may give oral prescription medication to
with a physician/dentist/licensed nurse
practitioner's written permi ssion from the student's
parent or guardian. Such medicine must
be in the original container, and parents are requested to deliver the
medication to the principal, school nurse, or the principal’s designee.
Montgomery County Public Schools personnel may give oral non‑prescription medication to students only with the written permission of the parent or guardian. Such permission shall include the name of the medication, the required dosage of the medication, and the time the medicine is to be given. Such medication must be in the original container labeled with the student's name and delivered to the principal, school nurse or school division designee by the parent/guardian of the student.
Oral non‑prescription medications will be administered for no longer than three consecutive days after which time a written order from a physician/dentist/licensed nurse practitioner must be presented.
Self‑Administration of Medication
Self‑administration of any medication, prescription or non‑prescription, is prohibited for students in grades kindergarten through eight with one exception. Medications needed in a medical emergency such as inhalers, epi‑pens, or glucose tablets may be kept in the possession of a student and may be self‑administered only with a physician/licensed nurse practitioner's written order and written parental permission that is on file with the school, and as is described further below.
Self-administration of prescription medications is prohibited for students in grades nine through twelve with one exception. Medications needed in a medical emergency such as inhalers, epi‑pens, or glucose tablets may be kept in the possession of a student and may be self-administered only with a physician/licensed nurse practitioner's written order and written parental permission that is on file with the school.
Students in grades nine through twelve may self‑administer non‑prescription medications under the following conditions:
1. written parental permission for self‑administration of specific non‑prescription medication is on file with the school;
2. the non‑prescription medication is in the original container and appropriately labeled with manufacturer's directions;
3. the original container is appropriately labeled with the student's name; and
4. the student possesses only the amount of non-prescription medicine needed for one school day/activity.
Sharing, borrowing, distributing, manufacturing or selling any medication (prescription or non-prescription) is prohibited. Permission to self-administer prescription or non-prescription medication may be revoked if the student violates this policy. The student will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Code of Conduct and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. Sharing and distributing prescription medication may result in a recommendation of expulsion.
Student Possession and Self-Administration of Asthma Medications
Montgomery County Public Schools students with a diagnosis of asthma may possess and self-administer inhaled asthma medication during the school day, at school-sponsored activities, or while on a school bus or other school property, consistent with the provisions of this policy and applicable law.
1. The student must provide to the relevant school clinic a completed Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication form, signed by his parent, guardian or legal custodian. The student must also provide a written order from an appropriate health care provider as is further described in paragraph 2, below. The medication must be properly labeled by the pharmacy or physician. The nurse or clinic attendant may require the student to demonstrate his ability to safely and effectively self-administer the medication, consistent with the other provisions of this policy. To evaluate the efficacy of the medication, the elementary school students who self-administer asthma medications should report to the nurse or clinic attendant within a reasonable time after taking the medications. Secondary school students who need and self-administer three doses of asthma medication per school day should report to the nurse or clinic attendant as soon as possible after administering the third dose for evaluation of respiratory status.
student must provide a written order from his
primary care provider,
medical specialist, licensed physician or a licensed nurse practitioner, which
order must include: (i) the student’s name; (ii) a statement that the student
has a diagnosis of asthma and approval to self-administer inhaled asthma
medications that have been prescribed or
authorized for the student; (iii) the name and dosage of the medication, the
frequency in which it is to be administered and certain circumstances which may
warrant the use of inhaled asthma medications,
such as before exercising or engaging in physical activity, to prevent the
onset of asthmatic symptoms or to alleviate asthmatic symptoms after the onset
of an asthmatic episode; and (iv) an attestation that the student has
demonstrated an ability to safely and effectively self-administer inhaled
3. With cooperation from the student, his family and relevant school officials, the school nurse or clinician will develop an individualized health care plan for the student, which plan shall include emergency procedures for any life-threatening conditions. The student’s parent, legal guardian, or custodian shall complete the Parental Permission for Medical Care form.
4. School officials, including the relevant nurse or clinician, will not impose any limitations or restrictions on or revoke permission for the student to possess or self-administer inhaled asthma medicationsj without first consulting with the student’s parent, legal guardian or custodian.
5. Self-administration of inhaled asthma medications by Montgomery County Public Schools students shall be consistent with the purposes of the Virginia School Health Guidelines and the Guidelines for Specialized Health Care Procedure Manuals, which are jointly issued by the Virginia Departments of Education and Health.
6. Disclosure or dissemination of information pertaining to the health condition of a student to School Board employees shall comply with the provisions of Virginia Code §§ 22.1-287 and 22.1-289, and the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 20 U.S.C. §1232(g).
Any school principal or other
School Board employee who, in good faith, without compensation, and in the
absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, supervises the
self-administration of inhaled asthma medications by a
may not be held liable for any civil
damages for acts or omissions resulting from such supervision.who
granted a student with a diagnosis of asthma to possess and
self-administer inhaled asthma medications shall
be effective for
one school year. Permission to possess and
self-administer inhaled asthma medications shall be
renewed annually. For the purposes of this section, “one school year”
means 365 calendar days.
The division superintendent or his/her designee will develop procedures for administration of medicines to students. The regulation shall include provisions for the handling, storage, monitoring, documentation, and disposal of medication.
LEGAL REFERENCE: Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, § 22.1-78, 22.1-274.2, 22.1-287, 22.1-289; Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232(g).
Adopted: April 2004