Proposed Rule Will Change Student Medication Protocol
The Department of Education (ODE) has proposed changes to OAR 581-021-0037 that, if adopted, would change the way schools must administer medicine. Under these proposed changes, school personnel who are to administer medicine must complete annual training. The first annual training and every third annual training thereafter must be in-person with an approved trainer. During intervening years online training will be appropriate, so long as it is approved by the Oregon Department of Education. For prescription medication written instruction from the prescriber is required and must include the name of the medication, dosage, method and frequency of administration and any other special instructions, along with the prescriber’s signature, unless the same information is prepared by a pharmacist. Nonprescription medication that is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration also requires a note from the prescriber.
Additionally, schools must develop policies and procedures that, with parent or guardian and school administrator permission, allow a student who has demonstrated the ability, developmentally and behaviorally, to administer prescription and nonprescription medication to themself. Schools must also have policies and procedures for the self-administration for students kindergarten through twelfth grade who have severe asthma or allergies according to ORS 339.866. Finally, schools must have a process to determine whether students may carry their own medication if they are not approved to self-administer the medication. The public comment period closed for this proposed rule on May 25, 2017. OSBA will update this information when ODE adopts a final rule.