Establishing the Board of Education Policy Regarding Medication Recommendations by School Personnel
Resolution Number 2002-14
June 26, 2002
Whereas the 2002 General Assembly passed legislation directing the Board of Education to develop and implement policies regarding medication recommendations by school personnel (Code of Virginia §22.1-274.3);
Be it Resolved that the following policy be effective July 1, 2002:
School personnel are prohibited from recommending the use of psychotropic medications for any student. School health staff, classroom teachers, or other school professionals may recommend that an appropriate medical practitioner evaluate a student. In addition, school personnel may consult with a medical practitioner who is serving the student, with the written consent of the student’s parent.
Local school boards and state-operated programs shall review their policies and procedures to ensure compliance with this policy of the Board of Education and the expectations of the General Assembly.
For the purpose of this policy, “psychotropic medications” means those medications that are prescribed with the intention of altering mental activity or state, including, but not limited to, antipsychotic, antidepressant, and anxiolytic medication and behavior-altering medication.
Adopted in Richmond, Virginia, This Twenty-Sixth Day of June in the Year 2002.
Mark C. Christie, President
Board of Education
Adopted in the Minutes of the Virginia Board of Education
June 26, 2002