Policy Manual

 Section5000 Students TitleUSE OF ASTHMA MEDICATION Codepo5330.02 StatusActive AdoptedAugust 1, 2007



This policy provides for the possession, use and self-administration of asthma medication by students. For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:



  1. "Medication" means asthma medicine, prescribed by:

    1. a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches; or


    2. a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to prescribe asthma medications by a supervising physician; or


    3. an advanced practice registered nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician.

      Such agreement shall delegate the authority to prescribe the medications for a student that pertain to the student's asthma and that have an individual prescription label.


  2. "Self-administration" or "self-administer" means a student's discretionary use of prescribed asthma medication.

    Self-administration of asthma medication shall be permitted in accordance with W.Va. Code 18-5-22-b after the following conditions are met:

    A student may possess and self-administer asthma medication subject to the following conditions:


    1. The parents or guardians of the student have provided to the school:


      1. a written authorization for the self-administration of asthma medication; and


      2. a written statement from the physician or advanced practice registered nurse which contains the name, purpose, appropriate usage and dosage of the student's medication and the time or times at which, or the special circumstances under which, the medication is to be administered;


    2. The student has demonstrated the ability and understanding to self-administer asthma medication by: passing an assessment by the school nurse evaluating the student's technique of self-administration and level of understanding of the appropriate use of the asthma medication.


    3. The parents or guardians of the student have acknowledged in writing that they have read and understand a notice provided by the county board or nonpublic school that:


      1. the school, county school board and its employees and agents are exempt from any liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of asthma medication by the student; and


      2. the parents or guardians indemnify and hold harmless the school, the county board of education and its employees or guardians and agents against any claims arising out of the self-administration of the medication by the student.

The documents related to the self-administration of asthma medication provided to the school shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse or, in the absence of a school nurse, in the office of the school administrator and shall become part of the student health record.


Permission for a student to self-administer asthma medication is effective for the school year for which it is granted and shall be renewed each subsequent school year if the requirements of this section are met.


Permission to self-administer medication may be revoked if the administrative head of the school finds that the student's technique of self-administration and understanding of the use of the asthma medication is not appropriate or is willfully disregarded.


A student with asthma who has met the requirements of this policy may possess and use asthma medication:

  1. in school;


  2. at a school-sponsored activity;


  3. under the supervision of school personnel; or


  4. before or after normal school activities, such as before school or after school care on school operated property.

LegalWV Code 18-5-22bWV Board of Education Policy 2422.8

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