Debra Koen
  • Student medication - District employees will not give a student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions:

    • Only authorized employees, in accordance with policies at FFAC, may administer:
      • Prescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent, along with a written request.
      • Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a registered nurse or another qualified district employee from the original, properly labeled container.
      • Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent along with a written request.
      • Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by the student’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan for a student with disabilities.
    • In certain emergency situations, the district will maintain and administer to a student nonprescription medication, but only:
      • In accordance with the guidelines developed with the district’s medical advisor; and
      • When the parent has previously provided written consent to emergency treatment on the district’s form.
    • NOTE: The Physician's Request for Medication Administration form, located in Related Information on this page, must be completed by a physician annually and kept on file at the campus clinic.

     

    Asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) - A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may be permitted to possess and use prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication at school or school-related events only if he or she has written authorization from his or her parent and a physician or other licensed health-care provider. The student must also demonstrate to his or her physician or health-care provider and to the school nurse the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any device required to administer the medication. If the student has been prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for use during the school day, the student and parents should discuss this with the school nurse or principal.

     

    Diabetes - In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a school-related activity. See the school nurse or principal for information. [See policy FFAF(LEGAL).]

     

    Immunizations - For more information about vaccines, click Understanding Vaccines. A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch, can be honored by the district. This form may be obtained by writing the DSHS Immunization Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at https://corequest.dshs.texas.gov/. The form must be notarized and submitted to the principal or school nurse within 90 days of notarization. If the parent is seeking an exemption for more than one student in the family, a separate form must be provided for each student.