The California self-carry/
Does your district comply?
A law to allow students with asthma to carry and self-administer their asthma medication has been in effect since January of 2005 (California Education Code 49423-1). There are two requirements to be met for students to carry and self-administer:
1) A written statement from the physician including the name of the medication, how it is to be used, the dosage, and confirmation that the student is able to self-administer; and
2) A written statement from the parent/foster parent/guardian providing consent to allow the student to self-administer the medication, allowing the school nurse or other designated school staff to consult with the physician if there are questions or concerns, and freeing the school district and school personnel from civil liability in the event of an adverse reaction to medication that the student has self-administered.
Quick relief medication for asthma may be life-saving. It is critical that the school district have a policy in place to implement this law and that all staff be aware of the requirement. A review of this requirement, as well as how to handle an asthma emergency, may be found in the popular 3-minute AsthmaQuickTake (AQT) #1 produced by SEHAC. Sharing this AQT with school boards, administrators and staff my help save a child's life.
If you need assistance in developing or revising policy to reflect the law, SEHAC can help. Contact SEHAC member Joan Edelstein, DrPH, RN, Credentialed School Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org