Minnesota School’s Medication Law

MINNESOTA 121A.221 POSSESSION AND USE OF ASTHMA INHALERS BY ASTHMATIC STUDENTS. (a) In a school district that employs a school nurse or provides school nursing services under another arrangement, the school nurse or other appropriate party must assess the student’s knowledge and skills to safely possess and use an asthma inhaler in a school setting and enter into the student’s school health record a plan to implement safe possession and use of asthma inhalers. (b) In a school that does not have a school nurse or school nursing services, the student’s parent or guardian must submit written verification from the prescribing professional that documents an assessment of the student’s knowledge and skills to safely possess and use an asthma inhaler in a school setting has been completed. History: 2001 c 84 s 2 121A.2205 POSSESSION AND USE OF NONSYRINGE INJECTORS OF EPINEPHRINE; MODEL POLICY. (a) At the start of each school year or at the time a student enrolls in school, whichever is first, a student’s parent, school staff, including those responsible for student health care, and the prescribing medical professional must develop and implement an individualized written health plan for a student who is prescribed nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine that enables the student to: (1) possess nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine; or (2) if the parent and prescribing medical professional determine the student is unable to possess the epinephrine, have immediate access to nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine in close proximity to the student at all times during the instructional day. The plan must designate the school staff responsible for implementing the student’s health plan, including recognizing anaphylaxis and administering nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine when required, consistent with section 121A.22, subdivision 2, clause (10). This health plan may be included in a student’s 504 plan. (b) A school under this section is a public school under section 120A.22, subdivision 4, or a nonpublic school, excluding a home school, under section 120A.22, subdivision 4, that is subject to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Other nonpublic schools are encouraged to develop and implement an individualized written health plan for students requiring nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine, consistent with this section and section 121A.22, subdivision 2, clause (10). (c) A school district and its agents and employees are immune from liability for any act or failure to act, made in good faith, in implementing this section. (d) The education commissioner may develop and transmit to interested schools a model policy and individualized health plan form consistent with this section and federal 504 plan requirements. The policy and form may: (1) assess a student’s ability to safely possess nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine; (2) identify staff training needs related to recognizing anaphylaxis and administering epinephrine when needed; (3) accommodate a student’s need to possess or have immediate access to nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine in close proximity to the student at all times during the instructional day; and (4) ensure that the student’s parent provides properly labeled nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine to the school for the student as needed. (e) Additional nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine may be available in school first aid kits. (f) The school board of the school district must define instructional day for the purposes of this section. History: 2004 c 294 art 2 s 7