7:270 Administering Medicines to Students
Whenever possible, medications should be scheduled at times other than school hours. However, if it is necessary for your student to receive medication during school hours, the following policy applies:
- A doctor's order is necessary for ALL medications. (This includes prescription as well as over-the-counter medications, and short-term as well as long-term medications.) The doctor's order must be written on the enclosed Medication Order and Permission Form. A copy of the original prescription may be sent along with this form.
- The enclosed Medication Order and Permission Form must be returned, complete with necessary signatures, to the school health office before medication can be administered in school. We cannot, and will not, administer the medication without it.
- Medication must be brought to school in the original pharmacy container, clearly labeled with student's name, the medication name and dosage information, the pharmacy name/phone number, and the prescribing physician's name. (Duplicate prescription bottles can be obtained from your pharmacy.)
- Over-the-counter medication must be brought in the original, unopened container with the seal unbroken. We will not administer any medications sent to school in baggies, envelopes, Tupperware, or unmarked containers.
- Parents must report any changes in medication or dosage. New permission forms will be required for necessary changes. Parents must report if/when a medication is discontinued, if not specified by the doctor.
- Medications will be kept locked in the EFAP (Emergency First Aid Provider's) office AT ALL TIMES with the exception of asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto-injectors. DAOES, Technology Center of DuPage and its staff will not incur any liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self administration of asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto-injector by the student.
- Parents can pick up unused medications at any time. However, the medication will be destroyed within two (2) weeks following termination of the order, or within one (1) week of school closing, if not picked up.
Questions regarding medication administration, or any other student health issue, can be addressed to the school's Emergency First Aid Provider. They can be reached Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm at (630) 691-7525.
Self-Administration of Medication
A student may possess and self-administer an epinephrine injector, e.g., EpiPen®, and/or asthma medication prescribed for use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed an SMA Form. The Director or designee will ensure an Emergency Action Plan is developed for each self-administering student. A student may self-administer medication required under a qualifying plan, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed an SMA Form. A qualifying plan means: (1) an asthma action plan, (2) an Individual Health Care Action Plan, (3) an Ill. Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form, (4) a plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or (5) a plan pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The 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, including asthma medication or epinephrine injectors, or medication required under a qualifying plan. A student’s parent/guardian must indemnify and hold harmless the 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, asthma medication, and/or a medication required under a qualifying plan.
School System Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Injectors
The Director or designee shall implement 105 ILCS 5/22-30(f) and maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of DAOES and provide or administer them as necessary according to State law. Undesignated epinephrine auto-injector means an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed in the name of DAOES or one of its schools. A school nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated epinephrine auto-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.
School District Supply of Undesignated Glucagon
The Director or designee shall implement 105 ILCS 145/27 and maintain a supply of undesignated glucagon in the name of DAOES in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
When a student’s prescribed glucagon is not available or has expired, a school nurse or delegated care aide may administer undesignated glucagon only if he or she is authorized to do so by a student’s diabetes care plan.
Administration of Medical Cannabis
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act allows a medical cannabis infused product to be administered to a student by one or more of the following individuals:
- A parent/guardian of a student who is a minor who registers with the Ill. Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) as a designated caregiver to administer medical cannabis to their child. A designated caregiver may also be another individual other than the student’s parent/guardian. Any designated caregiver must be at least 21 years old and is allowed to administer a medical cannabis infused product to a child who is a student on the premises of his or her school or on his or her school bus if:
- Both the student and the designated caregiver possess valid registry identification cards issued by IDPH;
- Copies of the registry identification cards are provided to DAOES;
- That student’s parent/guardian completed, signed, and submitted a School Medication Authorization Form - Medical Cannabis; and
- After administering the product to the student, the designated caregiver immediately removes it from school premises or the school bus.
- A properly trained school nurse or administrator, who shall be allowed to administer the medical cannabis infused product to the student on the premises of the child’s school, at a school-sponsored activity, or before/after normal school activities, including while the student is in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property or while being transported on a school bus.
- The student him or herself when the self-administration takes place under the direct supervision of a school nurse or administrator.
Medical cannabis infused product (product) includes oils, ointments, foods, and other products that contain usable cannabis but are not smoked or vaped. Smoking and/or vaping medical cannabis is prohibited.
The product may not be administered in a manner that, in the opinion of DAOES, would create a disruption to the educational environment or cause exposure of the product to other students. A school employee shall not be required to administer the product.
Discipline of a student for being administered a product by a designated caregiver, or by a school nurse or administrator, or who self-administers a product under the direct supervision of a school nurse or administrator pursuant to this policy is prohibited. DAOES may not deny a student attendance at a school solely because he or she requires administration of the product during school hours.
The School System Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Injectors section of the policy is void whenever the Director or designee is, for whatever reason, unable to: (1) obtain for DAOES a prescription for undesignated epinephrine injectors from a physician or advanced practice nurse licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, or (2) fill DAOES’s prescription for undesignated school epinephrine injectors.
The School District Supply of Undesignated Glucagon section of the policy is void whenever the Director or designee is, for whatever reason, unable to: (1) obtain for DAOES a prescription for glucagon from a qualifying prescriber, or (2) fill DAOES’s prescription for undesignated school glucagon.
The Administration of Medical Cannabis section of the policy is void and DAOES reserves the right not to implement it if DAOES is in danger of losing federal funding.
Administration of Undesignated Medication
Upon any administration of an undesignated medication permitted by State law, the Superintendent or designee(s) must ensure all notifications required by State law and administrative procedures occur.
Undesignated Medication Disclaimers
Upon implementation of this policy, the protections from liability and hold harmless provisions applicable under State law apply.
No one, including without limitation, parents/guardians of students, should rely on the District for the availability of undesignated medication. This policy does not guarantee the availability of undesignated medications. Students and their parents/guardians should consult their own physician regarding these medication(s).
105 ILCS 5/10-20.14b, 5/10-22.21b, 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: February 11, 2021