8514 Medications In School

The Grand Island Public Schools believes that the primary responsibility for administering medication lies with the parent and physician. The district also recognizes that certain situations may exist in which it is necessary for medicines to be administered during the school day. Medication means any prescription or nonprescription drug intended for treatment or prevention of disease or to affect body function in humans. As such, the following conditions will apply:

  1. The school administrator or designee will dispense any medication that is approved by the Food and Drug administration, and may lawfully be sold over the counter without a prescription only with the written consent and instruction of the student's parent or guardian. Such medication will not be supplied by the district. Such medication will be provided in the original container and be properly labeled. Medications that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including but not limited to herbal remedies, essential oils, dietary supplements and naturopathic medicines, will not be administered by the school district.
  2. The school administrator or designee will dispense prescription medication that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration only with the written consent of the parent or guardian and with instructions of the prescribing physician. Except as noted in item 3 below, district personnel will not administer prescription medication unless it is brought to school in the prescription container, properly labeled, with the student's name, the physician's name and directions for administering.
  3. With appropriate control procedures, the District may provide and personnel may administer certain medications for emergency and life-threatening events.
  4. Students with asthma, anaphylaxis, or diabetes will be permitted to self-manage such medical conditions upon:
    1. Development of an asthma, anaphylaxis, or diabetes medical management plan (GIPS Individualized Healthcare Plan-IHP) for the student which includes:
      • Authorization of the student’s physician or other health care professional who prescribed the medication for treatment of the student’s condition.
      • Receipt of a signed no liability statement from the parent or guardian
    2. Students with such a medical management plan may possess the necessary medication to manage their medical condition upon the conditions established in the plan and not be subject to discipline for such possession.  If the student uses or allows the medication to be used for any reason other than as prescribed or as provided in the plan or possesses the medication other than as provided in the plan the student shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the student conduct and drug-free school policies.
  5. With written consent of the parent or guardian, the physician may be contacted by administration if further information is necessary.

Staff members shall not refer students to physicians for the purpose of recommending that a student receive medication. In addition, staff members shall not make such recommendations to parents. In situations in which physical or emotional dysfunction seems to exist, staff may recommend only that parents consider a medical examination for the student.

Legal Reference:|
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-6721 Medication Act, Terms, defined
Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 79-224 and 79-225

Policy Adopted–November 3, 1980
Policy Revised–June 8, 1992
Policy Revised–1-10-02
Policy Revised-12-11-03
Policy Revised  6-10-04
Policy Revised  7-13-06
Policy Revised:  09.09.2016
Policy Revised: 05.1.2017

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