Medications & Treatments
Medications and treatments may be administered in schools upon written request from an authorized person legally responsible for the student. The school nurse is responsible for the administration of medications and treatments. The school nurse must oversee the instruction and management of the following exceptions:
- Self-administration - Students, who have parent, healthcare provider and school nurse approval, may carry and self-administer auto-injectable epinephrine and/or a quick relief inhaler.
- Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication at Approved School Activities - Educators and other school employees may receive training through the school nurse to assist a student with self-administration of medications at an approved school activity.
- Prescribed Emergency Medication for Student with a Diagnosed Medical Condition - Educators and other school employees may receive training through the school nurse to administer lifesaving medication to a student while at an approved school activity.
- Emergency Medication for Life-threatening Allergic Reactions in Schools - Educators or other school employees may be identified by the school and receive specialized training to administer emergency medication to students with symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction in the school setting.
The CPR/AED Recommendation document was created by the Child Death Review Commission, Chronic Health Conditions of School Age Children Committee and finalized in Spring 2019. The committee members included representatives from various agencies such as the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Division of Public Health, Nemours, Christiana Care Health Systems, Bayada Health and Delaware School Nurses. The purpose of this document is to support school districts and charter schools as they develop written, school-level protocols for CPR and AEDs. The process is outlined on how to obtain and replace existing AED models, training, maintenance, monitoring and development of a Cardiac Emergency Response Communication Plan.
Contact Information:School Health Services Program OfficeAnn Covey, BSN, RN, NCSNDelaware Department of Education35 Commerce Way, Suite 1Dover, DE 19901Phone: 302-857-3356Fax: 302-739-6397