The Board of Education has authorized the Superintendent of Schools to develop the following procedures concerning the administration of medications to students within the school system by a licensed nurse or, in the absence of a nurse, by qualified personnel for schools. These administrative regulations have been developed with the advice and approval of the school medical advisor and the school nurse supervisor.
Connecticut State Regulations require an authorized prescriber's written order and parent or guardian's authorization for a nurse to administer medications, or in her absence, the principal or teacher or qualified personnel. Medications must be in pharmacy prepared containers and labeled with the name of student, name of drug, strength, dosage, frequency, authorized prescriber's name and date of original prescription. Only a three month supply of medication may be stored in the school
Nothing in these regulations prohibits parents or guardians from administering medication to their own children on school grounds.
Self-Administration of Medications by Students who have a verified chronic medical condition and are deemed capable to self-administer prescribed emergency medications will be permitted to self-administer such medication, provided:
Documentation for administering medication at school includes:
- The written order must include the recommendation for self-administration by the authorized prescriber
- The written authorization of the parent/guardian or eligible student for the self-administration of medication
- An assessment by the school nurse that the student is competent to self-administer in the school setting.
- In the case of inhalers for asthma and cartridge injectors for medically diagnosed allergies, students may retain possession of inhalers or cartridge injectors at all times while attending school and self-administer such medication with only the written authorization of an authorized prescriber and written authorization from a student’s parent or guardian.
Emergency First Aid to Students Who Experience Allergic Reactions Connecticut Public Act No. 14-176 allows a school nurse or, in the absence of a school nurse, a qualified school employee shall maintain epinephrine in cartridge injectors for the purpose of emergency first aid to students who experience allergic reactions and do not have a prior written authorization of a parent or guardian or a prior written order of a qualified medical professional for the administration of epinephrine. A school nurse or a school principal shall select qualified school employees to administer such epinephrine under this subdivision, and there shall be at least one such qualified school employee on the grounds of the school during regular school hours. Such administration of epinephrine by a qualified school employee shall be limited to situations when the school nurse is absent or unavailable.
A parent or guardian of a student may submit, in writing, to the school nurse and school medical advisor, if any, that epinephrine shall not be administered to such student under this subdivision.