Medications in School

  • Medication Policy

    Lansingburgh Central School Board policy states that prescribed medication for students should, under normal circumstances, be administered under parent or guardian supervision before or after school hours. However, the Board understands that this is not always possible or in the best interest of the student. When a parent or guardian cannot be present to supervise the administration of a medication, the District will, under certain circumstances.

    The following is required for any medication to be taken in school. This applies to all prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications, including pain relievers and cold/cough medicine.

    The school nurse will need to have orders for all medications in school - medication regulations.

    All orders will need to be renewed annually - prescription order. 

    Parents need to transport medications to school, no medications are to be in a child’s possession unless they are rescue medications. You will need to provide a medication order from a Primary Care Provider (PCP) along with an attestation and parental permission guide stating the child understands the medication regulations and has been attested by the PCP to be eligible to carry this medication. 

    Once these documents are received, the student may be allowed to carry their medication (contingent on the nurse’s Screening for Determination of Self-Carry of the student's ability to do so safely). In general, students younger than seventh grade are not eligible for this privilege.

    All medication needs to be picked up by the parents prior to the last day of school unless other arrangements have been made with the school nurse. If medication is left at school, it will be disposed of after the last day of school. 

    Contact your child's health office with any concerns/questions.

    Inhalers in School

    The District permits students who have been diagnosed by a physician or other duly qualified healthcare provider as having a severe asthmatic condition to carry and use a prescribed inhaler during the school day, with prior approval of the prescriber and the school's health office. 

    The health office MUST receive written permission from the prescribing physician, or other qualified healthcare professional, and parental consent, based on the healthcare provider's determination that the student is subject to sudden asthmatic attacks. 

    Once this documentation is received, the student may be allowed to carry an inhaler (contingent on the school nurse's assessment of the student's ability to do so safely) and the school health office may also take custody of a spare inhaler. In general, students younger than seventh grade are not eligible for this privilege.

    Emergency Medication (EpiPen and Glucagon)

    The administration of emergency medication to a student may be performed by a (non-nurse) school staff member responding to an emergency situation when such use has been prescribed by a licensed prescriber. 

    These are medications that can be administered by non-nurse staff in schools - EpiPen for serious allergic reactions, and Glucagon for severe low blood sugar in students with diabetes. 

    The registered professional school nurse (or in some cases, Medical Director) must have trained the staff member to administer the emergency medication for that particular emergency situation and given him/her/they/them approval to assist the student in the event of an emergency. 

    Documentation of training will be maintained by the school nurse for each affected student. The emergency response by non-licensed school staff members is permitted under the Medical Practice Act (Education Law Section 6527(4)(a)) and the Nurse Practice Act (Education Law Section 6908 (1)(a)(iv)) and is covered by the "Good Samaritan Law" (Public Health Law Section 3000-a).

    **Such a response would fall under the Good Samaritan exemption for rendering emergency care during a life-threatening situation. 

    Blood Glucose Monitoring

    Children with diabetes have the right to care for their diabetes at school in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which provides protection against discrimination for children with disabilities, including diabetes. 

    Accordingly, blood glucose monitoring is allowed in the school setting at any time, within any place, and by anyone necessitating such testing. Students will receive assistance, if needed, with the procedure. 

    The school nurse oversees any arrangements that need to be made for testing and helps in the creation of a system to report the results to the nurse as needed. 

    Proper arrangements will be made for the disposal of sharps.