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School Health Nursing Program

Report to the Minnesota Legislature: Medications Dispensed in Schools Study

January 15, 2002

Appendix - MS 121A.22 & 121A.221

121A.22 Administration of drugs and medicine.

Subdivision 1. Applicability. This section applies only:

(1) when the parent of a pupil requests school personnel to administer drugs or medicine to the pupil; or

(2) when administration is allowed by the individual education plan of a child with a disability.

The request of a parent may be oral or in writing. An oral request must be reduced to writing within two school days, provided that the district may rely on an oral request until a written request is received.

Subd. 2. Exclusions. In addition, this section does not apply to drugs or medicine:

(1) that can be purchased without a prescription;

(2) that are used by a pupil who is 18 years old or older;

(3) that are used in connection with services for which a minor may give effective consent, including section 144.343, subdivision 1, and any other law;

(4) that are used in situations in which, in the judgment of the school personnel who are present or available, the risk to the pupil's life or health is of such a nature that drugs or medicine should be given without delay;

(5) that are used off the school grounds;

(6) that are used in connection with athletics or extra curricular activities;

(7) that are used in connection with activities that occur before or after the regular school day;

(8) that are provided or administered by a public health agency in order to prevent or control an illness or a disease outbreak as provided for in sections 144.05 and 144.12; or

(9) that are prescription asthma or reactive airway disease medications self administered by a pupil with an asthma inhaler if the district has received a written authorization from the pupil's parent permitting the pupil to self-administer the medication, the inhaler is properly labeled for that student, and the parent has not requested school personnel to administer the medication to the pupil. The parent must submit written authorization for the pupil to self-administer the medication
each school year.

Subd. 3. Labeling. Drugs or medicine subject to this section must be in a container with a label prepared by a pharmacist according to section 151.212 and applicable rules.

Subd. 4. Administration. Drugs and medicine subject to this section must be administered in a manner consistent with instructions on the label. Drugs and medicine subject to this section must be administered, to the extent possible, according to school board procedures that must be developed in consultation:

(1) with a school nurse, in a district that employs a school nurse;

(2) with a licensed school nurse, in a district that employs a licensed school nurse;

(3) with a public or private health or health-related organization, in a district that contracts with a public or private health or health-related organization, according to
section 121A.21; or

(4) with the appropriate party, in a district that has an arrangement approved by the commissioner of children, families, and learning, according to section 121A.21.

Subd. 5. Children with a disability. For drugs or medicine used by children with a disability, administration may be as provided in the individual education plan.

Subd. 6. Health treatments. For the purpose of this section, special health treatments and health functions, such as catheterization, tracheostomy suctioning, and gastrostomy feedings, do not constitute administration of drugs or medicine.

HIST: 1988 c 626 s 2; 1991 c 265 art 3 s 38; 1998 c 397 art 3 s 103; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 5 s 55; 2001 c 84 s 1

Copyright 2001 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.

121A.221 Possession and use of asthma inhalers by asthmatic students.

(a) In a school district that employs a school nurse or provides school nursing services under another arrangement, the school nurse or other appropriate party must assess the student's knowledge and skills to safely possess and use an asthma inhaler in a school setting and enter into the student's school health record a plan to implement safe possession and use of asthma inhalers.

(b) In a school that does not have a school nurse or school nursing services, the student's parent or guardian must submit written verification from the prescribing professional that documents an assessment of the student's knowledge and skills to safely possess and use an asthma inhaler in a school setting has been completed.

HIST: 2001 c 84 s 2

Copyright 2001 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.

 

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