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7:270 Administering Medicines to Students

Students should not take medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being. When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours or school-related activities, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child and otherwise follow the District’s procedures on dispensing medication.

No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed “School Medication Authorization Form” is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student shall possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures.

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including administering medication.

The Building Principal shall include this policy in the Student Handbook and shall provide a copy to the parents/guardians of students.

Self-Administration of Medication

A student may possess an epinephrine injector, EpiPen® and/or asthma medication prescribed for use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed a School Medication Authorization Form. The School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication or epinephrine injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel. A student’s parent/guardian must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine injector and/or medication, or the storage of any medication by school personnel.

School District Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Injectors

The Superintendent or designee shall implement Section 22-30(f) of the School Code and maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine injectors in the name of the District and provide or administer them as necessary according to State law. Undesignated epinephrine injector means an epinephrine injector prescribed in the name of the District or one of its schools.  School nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated epinephrine injector to a person when they, in good faith, believe a person is having an anaphylactic reaction. Each building administrator and/or his or her corresponding school nurse shall maintain the names of trained personnel who have received a statement of certification pursuant to State law.

Administration of Undesignated Medication

Upon any administration of an undesignated epinephrine injector, the Superintendent or designee(s) must ensure all notifications required by State law and administrative procedures occur.

Void Policy

The School Districts Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Injectors section of the policy is void whenever the Superintendent or designee is, for whatever reason, unable to: (1) obtain for the District a prescription for undesignated epinephrine injectors from a physician or advanced practice nurse licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, or (2) fill the District’s prescription for undesignated school epinephrine injectors.

Medical Cannabis Infused Products

Definitions

For purposes of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:

1.  "Designated location" means a location identified in writing by the school district in its sole discretion and may include a location on the grounds of the school in which the student is enrolled, upon a school bus in Illinois, or at a school-sponsored event in Illinois.

2.  "Permissible form of medical marijuana" means non-smokable products containing cannabis such as oils, tinctures, edible products, ointments, patches, or lotions that can be administered and fully ingested or absorbed in a short period of time. Non-smokable products do not include products that may be vaped in any form. Forms of non-smokable medical marijuana not included in this definition may be proposed by the qualified student's designated caregiver to the district, which may authorize such a request after consultation with appropriate medical personnel chosen by the district.

3. "Designated caregiver" means an individual who meets the requirements of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act. A minor student may appoint up to three designated caregivers, which must be approved by the District. Designated caregivers may include the qualified student's parent, guardian or other responsible adult over 21 years of age who is registered with the IDPH as a designated caregiver to administer medical cannabis to the student. Any designated caregiver seeking access to school or district property, a school bus or school-sponsored event for purposes of this policy must comply with the Board's policy and/or procedures concerning visitors to schools and all other applicable policies.

4.  "Qualified student" means a student who holds a valid registry identification card from the IDPH for the use of medical marijuana and for whom the administration of medical marijuana cannot reasonably be accomplished outside of school hours. 

5. “Administration plan” means the plan created at the school site with designated caregiver, school administrator or designee, nurse and/or other relevant staff, to determine the time, place and manner for administration of medical cannabis infused product for a qualified student by a school nurse or administrator, designated caregiver, or through self-administration. The administration plan must also address off site events and extracurricular activities. 

6. “Certifying practitioner” means a health care practitioner who is licensed in Illinois to diagnose a qualified patient and recommend medical cannabis as a course of treatment. 

7. “Written certification” means a statement in a qualified student’s medical records or a statement signed by a qualified student’s certifying practitioner that, in the certifying practitioner’s professional opinion, the qualified student has a debilitating medical condition and the certifying practitioner believes that the potential health benefits of this medical use of cannabis would likely outweigh the health risks for the qualified student.

Administration of Medical Cannabis Infused Product

Pursuant to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act, medical cannabis infused product may be administered to a registered qualifying student at school, on school grounds, or on the school bus by:

  1. A parent or guardian of the student, who is registered with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a designated caregiver to administer medical cannabis to the student;
  2. A designated caregiver that is not the student’s parent or guardian but is at least 21 years old and possesses a valid registry identification card to administer medical cannabis to the student, issued by the IDPH;
  3. A trained school nurse or administrator while at school, a school-sponsored activity, or before or after normal school activities, including when the student is in before or after school care, on school property, or on a school bus; or
  4. The student, if the self-administration occurs under the supervision of a school nurse or administrator.

In order to administer medical cannabis infused product at school, on school grounds, or on the school bus, a designated caregiver must provide the school district with copies of the registry identification cards and must complete and sign a written authorization plan on the District Medical Cannabis Authorization Form.

Medical cannabis infused product must be administered in a way that does not create disruptions to the educational environment or cause other students to be exposed to medical cannabis, in the District’s opinion. School employees shall not be required to administer medical cannabis infused products to students. The designated caregiver must follow all district policies and procedures, including but not limited to those regarding school visitors, and will only have access to the designated area for administration. The designated area of medical cannabis infused product administration will be determined by a school administrator. The first dose of medical cannabis will not be permitted at school, on school grounds, or on a school bus in case the student suffers an allergic or other adverse reaction.

Administration Plan and Application

The designated caregiver and parent or guardian (if not the designated caregiver) must work with the site team to create a written administration plan for administration of medical cannabis infused products, which will be revised annually and placed in the student’s records. The administration plan outlines the time, place, and manner of administration for the student. The site team shall include a principal or designee and a school nurse and must address off-site activities and extracurricular activities. Any order or plan for administering medical cannabis infused products shall be only valid during the current school year and while the student is enrolled.

Medication Storage

Medical cannabis infused product to be administered at school must remain in the original authorized dispensary container, with all warnings and directions intact and with clearly labeled identifiers including the qualified student’s name, date of birth, and dosage allotment that matches the agreed written treatment plan outlined in the District Medical Cannabis Authorization Form.   The student and designated caregiver’s, if applicable, IDPH Medical Cannabis Registration Identification Card will be verified in the State database every two weeks or upon receipt of medical cannabis infused product. If a student self-administers or a school nurse or administrator administers medical cannabis infused product, the product must be stored with the school nurse at all times in a manner consistent with the storage of other student medication and may only be accessed by the school nurse or administrator. Students are not permitted to self-carry medical cannabis infused product. No more than a two-week supply of Medical cannabis may be stored at school.  If a designated caregiver administers medical cannabis infused product at school, on school grounds, or on the school bus, the designated caregiver is required to remove the product from school premises or the school bus following administration.

Student Conduct

Students are banned from possession, use, distribution, sale or being under the influence of a cannabis product in any manner that is inconsistent with the provisions of this procedural directive for qualified use for medical cannabis. Participation in the use of medical cannabis does not relieve the qualified student from disciplinary action for activities not authorized in Public Act 101-370 “Ashley’s Law”. However, students shall not be disciplined for administration of a medical cannabis infused product by an approved designated caregiver or a school nurse or administrator, or for self-administering a product under the supervision of a school nurse or administrator pursuant to this policy. Students using medical cannabis infused products are expected to follow all State and local laws regarding administration and use, including regarding driving a vehicle, if applicable. The District may restrict or deny a student’s ability to drive a vehicle on school grounds or park a vehicle on school or district property, at its sole discretion, if doing so would violate State or local laws, Board policy, or would jeopardize the safety of the District community. 

Void and Disclaimer

The District reserves the right to void this policy and may refuse to authorize administration of medical cannabis infused product if the school district or school is in danger of losing federal funding as a result.

All applicable protections from liability and hold harmless provisions applicable under State law apply upon implementation of this policy.

No one, including without limitation parents/guardians of students, should rely on the District for the availability of an undesignated epinephrine injector. This policy does not guarantee the availability of an undesignated medications. Students and their parents/guardians should consult their own physician regarding this medication.

 

LEGAL REF.:   105 ILCS 5/10-20.14b, 5/10-22.21b, and 5/22-30, and 5/22-33 
105 ILCS 145/, Care of Students with Diabetes Act
410 ILCS 130/, Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act, and scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2020.

720 ILCS 550/, Cannabis Control Act. 23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.540. 

CROSS REF.:    7:285 (Food Allergy Management)

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004

REVISED:    October 22, 2007
February 28, 2011
June 13, 2016
December 20, 2016
May 8, 2017
April 15, 2019
August 17, 2020

 

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