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Medications Purpose and Philosophy

Medications Purpose and Philosophy
The administration of medication to a student while he/she is at school should be a rare occurrence. However, there are circumstances that require medication be given during school hours. Each request for medication will be evaluated individually by school authorities. Utah statute 53A-11-601 requires local education agencies(LEA) to adopt the following policies:
Subject to the conditions of this policy, authorized school personnel may provide help with the administration of medication to students during periods when the student is under the control or supervision of the school and school personnel.
As long as authorized personnel act in a prudent and responsible manner, school staff who provide assistance in substantial compliance with the licensed medical provider's written statement, are not liable civilly or criminally for any adverse reaction suffered by the student as a result of taking the medication or discontinuing the administration of the medication under this policy. 

  • "Asthma medication" means prescription or nonprescription, inhaled asthma medication 
  • "Diabetes medication" means prescription or nonprescription medication used to treat diabetes, including related medical devices, supplies, and equipment used to treat diabetes
  • "Epinephrine auto-injector" means a disposable drug delivery system with a spring-activated concealed needle that is designed for emergency administration of epinephrine to provide, rapid, convenient first-aid for persons suffering a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction
  • "Medication" means a medicine or substance recognized by the FDA to have curative or remedial properties. The medication must be administered under the direction of a licensed medical provider, and may be a prescribed or over the counter product intended for internal or external use