COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 128
June 30, 2000



INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Professional Use of Prescriptions for School Students

 
The 2000 General Assembly amended §54.1-3408 of the Code of Virginia, relating to professional use of prescriptions. This amendment provides an exception from the Drug Control Act for persons who administer drugs to students in Virginia public schools. Schools using this exception must ensure that the administration of drugs is in accordance with (a) a physician’s instructions pertaining to dosage, frequency, and manner of administration, (b) written authorization of a parent, and (c) school board regulations relating to training, security, and record keeping.

Training for persons who administer drugs to students in Virginia’s public schools must be accomplished through a program approved by the local school board, in consultation with the local department of health.

The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Health, is compiling a manual for training school personnel in the administration of medications. It is anticipated that this manual will be available upon request by September 1, 2000.

Should you have any questions, please contact Gwen Smith, school health specialist at 804-786-8671 or email gpsmith@pen.k12.va.us.

JLD/gps