Policy Code: JHCDA

Adoption Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Review Date: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

STUDENT SELF-TREATMENT FOR ASTHMA

Under Policy JHCD, elementary and middle school students are prohibited from carrying or self-administering medication on school premises except in certain limited circumstances. However, elementary and middle school students may carry and self-administer prescription or non-prescription asthma medications provided that the student's parent or guardian has previously provided the school with a written request and written health care provider approval.

The written request must state that the parent or guardian authorizes the student to have and use the asthma medication.

The health care provider approval must specifically identify any prescription medication and must state that (1) the provider is authorized to prescribe the medication, (2) the student is capable of appropriately self-administering the medication, and (3) the provider finds that it is medically appropriate for the student to keep the medication with or readily available to him or her at all times.

If the medication is to be stored other than on the student's person, the student or parent/guardian shall inform the school nurse or administration as to where the medication will be kept to enable access for emergency use.

The student shall only use prescription asthma medication as directed by a health care provider's written orders, and shall use non-prescription asthma medication in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

No student is permitted to sell, share, or otherwise give to others any medication, prescription or non-prescription. Violations of this policy are subject to disciplinary action under the school's drug policies.