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Administering Medication And Monitoring Health Conditions


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) believes that regular school attendance is critical to student learning and that students who need to take medication prescribed or ordered for them by their authorized health care providers should have an opportunity to participate in the educational program.


Any medication prescribed for a student with a disability who is qualified to receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 shall be administered in accordance with the student’s individualized education program or Section 504 services plan, as applicable.


The Superintendent or designee shall make available epinephrine auto-injectors at each school for providing emergency medical aid to any person suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an anaphylactic reaction.  (Education Code 49414)


The County Board authorizes the Superintendent or designee to make available naloxone hydrochloride or another opioid antagonist for emergency medical aid to any person suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an opioid overdose. (Education Code 49414.3)


The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with city and county emergency responders, including local public health administrators, to design procedures or measures for addressing an emergency such as a public disaster or epidemic.


Administration of Medication by School Personnel


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that school personnel designated to administer any medication receive appropriate training and, as necessary, retraining from qualified medical personnel before any medication is administered. At a minimum, the training shall cover how and when such medication should be administered, the recognition of symptoms and treatment, emergency follow-up procedures, and the proper documentation and storage of medication. Such trained, unlicensed designated school personnel shall be supervised by, and provided with immediate communication access to, a school nurse, physician, or other appropriate individual.  (Education Code 49414, 49414.3, 49414.5, 49423, 49423.1)


The Superintendent or designee shall maintain documentation of the training and ongoing supervision, as well as annual written verification of competency of other designated school personnel.


Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE: 48980  Notification at beginning of term; 49407  Liability for treatment; 49408  Emergency information; 49414  Emergency epinephrine auto-injectors; 49414.3  Emergency medical assistance; administration of medication for opioid overdose; 49414.5  Providing school personnel with voluntary emergency training; 49422-49427  Employment of medical personnel, especially:; 49423  Administration of prescribed medication for student; 49423.1  Inhaled asthma medication49480  Continuing medication regimen; notice

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE: 2700-2837  Nursing, especially:; 2726  Authority not conferred; 2727  Exceptions in general; 3501  Definitions; 4119.2  Acquisition of epinephrine auto-injectors; 4119.8  Acquisition of naloxone hydrochloride or another opioid antagonist

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5: 600-611  Administering medication to students

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20: 1232g  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; 1400-1482  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29: 794  Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

COURT DECISIONS: American Nurses Association v. Torlakson, (2013) 57 Cal.4th 570


Policy Adopted:6-14-18