The Board of Education Committee for Medication Administration submitted a new version of Policy 2422.8 during the March Board meeting in Charleston. This version of Policy 2422.8 replaces the original version placed on public comment in September 2003.
“We worked in collaboration with the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, the West Virginia School Nurses Association, parents, county boards of education, superintendents, building administrators, physicians and West Virginia Department of Education staff in an effort to develop a policy that our entire state could embrace,” said WVBOE Vice President Barbara Fish. “While full consensus was never reached, we believe Policy 2422.8 follows the letter of the law and is in the best interest of the children.”
The Medication Administration Committee looked at the laws and policies regarding school nurses and their licensure and determined that no law or policy specifies that only school nurses may administer non-prescription medications. As a result, the Committee recommended taking this responsibility from nurses in order to safeguard their nursing licenses. This new policy places the responsibility for administering non-prescription medication with the building administrator.
In addition to outlining specific procedures for medication administration and the roles and responsibilities of school personnel, parents and students, the new version of the medication policy also addresses medication storage, recording and student confidentiality.
Policy 2422.8 is out on public comment for 30 days.
Other policies placed out on comment include:
Policy 5112 Athletic Trainers in the Public Schools of West Virginia: Policy 5112 provides guidelines that require the employment of athletic trainers for football games and practices in the public high schools of West Virginia. Last year, approximately one-half of the high schools requested a waiver of this policy because a fully certified athletic trainer was not available. A committee, composed of athletic trainers, an athletic director, a coach, a West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission representative, a State Board member and appropriate West Virginia Department of Education staff, reviewed the policy and recommends that Policy 5112 be amended.
Policy 2419: Regulations for the Education of Exceptional Students: The proposed revisions to Policy 2419 reflect changes required by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, to demonstrate that West Virginia meets all of eligibility requirements of Section 612(a) of the IDEA.
Both policies have been put out on comment for 30 days. School administrators and parents are encouraged to review the document and make suggestions on improving the policy. You can find the policies by logging onto http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/