By RuAnne Walworth
Williamston Post staff writer
Williamston Community School Board met Oct. 21 and deliberated on the new policy change of administering medication in the schools.
According to Board President Marci Scott, this is pretty heavy-duty policy change that has been further looked into by the superintendent.
The new policy is recommended by the Michigan Association of School Boards, Trustee Rhonda Coon said. According to the school board, one of the main points the new policy enforces deals with procedures on how medications are distributed to students.
“We are now asking that with prescription medication that there are two adults supervising, rather than just one. The same thing goes for recording use of medication.” Coon said.
Trustee Charles Hasemann addressed the concern of being sued, even if the adult was simply doing the right thing. His main concern, as well as the concern of the board, was their protection for when they administer the medicine. The board’s consensus is that an additional adult needs to be present mainly for the protection of personnel, so there would be more than one witness present.
The board also brought up a concern of finding a second person.
“If it’s an emergency that threatens a student’s life, don’t bother to try and find a second person,” Coon said.
The board stressed the importance of training for working with biohazardous materials. The new policy will require staff to ensure they have regular training so they are thoroughly prepared in all different types of situations.
“We now do have allergy guidelines that lists everything and is very detailed,” Superintendent Narda Murphy said. “The parents are informed of all that they need to include to the school dealing with their child’s medication requests in the guidebook.”
Board members unanimously agreed that they would need to look into policies on addressing other medical emergencies they could encounter such as seizures and issues regarding the use of EpiPens. In addition, the board wants to further specify where students should keep their medications.
“I think we should probably have some of that locked up so the students aren’t carrying it throughout the school in their backpack. They could go to the office with it and keep it there,” Trustee Jeff West said.
The policy change will be brought to action and decided upon during the board’s next meeting.