Medicational Administration

The following procedures are the established procedures for medication administration at Alexandria Community School Corporation (listed in the student handbook):

USE OF MEDICATIONS
Alexandria Community Schools shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness. The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardized the health of the student, the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours or the child is disabled and requires medication to benefit from his/her educational program.
For the purposes of this policy, “medication” shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a physician and any non-prescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies. “Treatment” refers both to the manner in which a medication is administered and to health-care procedures which require special training, such as catheterization.
Before any medication or treatment may be administered by school personnel to any student during school hours, the Superintendent shall require the written prescription from the child's physician for all prescription drugs accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. In the case of non-prescription drugs, preparations, or remedies, a written authorization from the parent must be on file prior to administration of the treatment. These documents shall be kept in a secure location at that child's school. No student is allowed to provide or sell any type of over-the-counter medication to another student. Violation of this rule will be considered violations of Policy 5530-Drug Prevention and of the Student Code of Conduct.
  1. All medications, prescription, and/or non-prescription, is to be taken at school must have a written permission slip with the student's full name, the date, and the parent or guardian's signature. Parent or legal guardian must provide and transport all medication to and from school.
  2. Written consent is valid only for the period specified on the consent form, and in no case longer than the current school program year.
  3. All prescription medication must be brought to school in the original container with a pharmacy label giving the student's name, the name of the medication, and the dose and frequency of the medication.
  4. All non-prescription medication (Tylenol, aspirin, etc.,) must be in a new and original container with the student's name clearly marked on it. The container must be sealed.
  5. All medications must be maintained in a secure location at school and will be administered only by authorized school personnel. A list of school personnel authorized to administer medication will be maintain by the school and posted in the school office.
  6. The school principal will assign staff to be responsible for the prescribed administration of medication. If a student fails to come for the medication at the scheduled time, the staff will locate the student and see that the medication is taken.
  7. School personnel will record the administration of medication to students on the appropriate school form.
  8. If the medication is to be terminated prior to the prescription, the written and dated consent or withdrawal of consent of the parent or guardian is required.
  9. All unclaimed medication will be disposed of at the end of each school year.
  10. It is the parent's responsibility to:
1. see that medication is safely and securely brought to and from the school office;
2. check that the appropriate dosage and supply of medicine is provided to the school for the prescribed time;
3. clearly communicate with school officials in writing of any changes in the medication type dosage, and/or administration procedures.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION
The Corporation will distribute Emergency Medical Authorization Forms to parents/ guardians of all students. The form will be maintained in a separate, secure and easily accessible file in each school building during the school year. In the event of an emergency when medical treatment for a student is necessary, the Corporation will make every attempt to adhere to the instructions on the authorization form. In the absence of specific medical instructions and/or parents or guardians, the school will take steps deemed necessary to safeguard the health and welfare of the student in the event of an emergency. The parent/ guardian is responsible for updating the information during the school year should it be necessary.

ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION
Public agency and state personnel are prohibited from requiring a parent to obtain a prescription for medication for a student as a condition for:
(1) attending school;
(2) receiving an educational evaluation
(3) receiving special education or related services under Indiana special education law.

Nothing in these procedures prohibits teachers and other school personnel from consulting or sharing classroom based observations with a parent regarding his or her student's academic or functional performance, behavior in the classroom or school, or need for evaluation for special education and related services.

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