UTAH COUNTY ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Policies and Procedures on
FIRST AID, MEDICATION AND STUDENT HEALTH
- The administrator or and assigned staff member, trained in first aid and emergency care, shall perform all first aid and emergency care in accordance with the written instructions of the County Health Department, which shall be posted in the school office.
- The school secretary or another appointed school staff member is responsible to keep the first aid cabinet clean and orderly and to keep sanitary napkins dispensers filled and in working condition.
- In the event of a serious injury to a student, the family or guardian shall be notified as soon as possible. They should select the physician who shall treat their child and decide whether to pick up the child at the school or meet the child at a local hospital in cases needing emergency room care. The local ambulance should be called to transport the injured person to the hospital.
- Medication, prescription, and non-prescription, shall not be administered by the student or staff nor shall a student be in possession of medication without notifying the school administrator or school secretary of the need for the medication and the type of medication.
- The medication must be in a container that is labeled by a pharmacist. The label must include the name of the patient, the name of the medication, route of administration, the time(s) of administration, and the physician’s name.
- The “AUTHORIZATION FOR STUDENT MEDICATION” form must be completed and signed before medication can be administered by school personnel. This authorization must be updated annually and as needed when there is a change in a doctor’s orders for a student’s medication.
- Utah Law 53A-11-602 allows students with asthma to carry and self-administer their inhaled asthma medications while on school property with written authorization from a parent/guardian and a health care provider. The school will provide asthma self-administration forms to parents/guardians on an as-needed basis. It is the parent(s)/student(s) responsibility to ensure that the authorization form is updated on an annual basis and that it is on file at the school.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol), 5-10 grains, may be given by the school nurse or other school employees as designated by the administration. There must be documented parent/guardian permission, written or by telephone, for each time the medication is given.
- Alternative and complementary medicine includes products or practices not currently used, accepted, or available in conventional medicine. Alternative medicine is any practice that is available to the public but not integrated into standard medical practice. Complementary medicine implies that the practice could be applied along with conventional medical care. As with the administration of prescription medications, student use of alternative medicine while at school should be a rare event. If, however, the administration of an alternative medicine is required during school hours, the school must follow the same guidelines for alternative medicines as those requires for prescription medications.
- In the event that a 504 plan or an IEP is needed, the administrator will work with the parent(s)/guardian(s) and appropriate school personnel to determine the best individual student health plan.
- PUBLIC EDUCATION VISION SCREENING
Utah State Law (UCA 53G-9-404) mandates vision screening as a necessary and worthwhile undertaking in helping to identify children who may require further evaluation of their eyesight. Utah schools have a responsibility to identify health issues that may impact a student’s academic success. A child’s ability to see greatly impacts her or his ability to learn. A school vision screening program is a cost-effective approach in the early identification of serious vision problems that might negatively affect the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of the individual student.
The purpose of school-based vision screening is to set standards and procedures for vision screening for students in public schools. This is necessary to detect vision difficulties in students so that follow-up for potential concerns may be done by the student's parent or guardian. Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye exam and vision evaluation by an eye care professional.
The following students in an LEA shall receive free vision screenings to include tier 1 screening.
- Vision screening shall be conducted for all students in grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7 or 8, and 9 or 10 and any student referred by school personnel, parent or guardian or self to rule out vision as an obstacle to learning;
- Tenth grade students may be screened as part of their driver education class; and
- Students who are currently receiving services from USDB or LEA vision specialist who have a diagnosed significant visual impairment will be exempt from screening.