§302A-1164 Self-administration of medication by student and emergency administration; self-testing and self-management of diabetes by student; assistance with diabetes testing; blood glucose monitoring by student; assistance with blood glucose monitoring; permitted. (a) The department shall permit:
(1) The self-administration of:
(A) Medication by a student for asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, or other potentially life‑threatening illnesses; and
(B) Blood glucose monitoring by a student; and
(2) Department employees and agents to volunteer to administer:
(A) Insulin or assist a student in administering insulin via the insulin delivery system that the student uses;
(B) Glucagon in an emergency situation to students with diabetes;
(C) Auto-injectable epinephrine in an emergency situation to students with anaphylaxis; or
(D) Blood glucose monitoring or assist a student with blood glucose monitoring.
(b) The student's parent or guardian shall provide the department with:
(1) Written authorization for the self-administration of medication or the emergency administration of glucagon or auto-injectable epinephrine;
(2) In the case of self‑administration of medication:
(A) Written certification from the student's physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant stating that the student with diabetes may perform the student's own blood glucose checks, administer insulin through the student's insulin delivery system, and otherwise attend to the care and management of the student's diabetes during any school-related activity, and that the student may possess on the student's person all necessary supplies and equipment to perform the diabetes monitoring and treatment activities, if applicable; and
(B) Written certification from the student's physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant stating that the student:
(i) Has asthma, anaphylaxis, or another potentially life-threatening illness; and
(ii) Is capable of, and has been instructed in, the proper method of self-administration of medication or blood glucose monitoring; and
(3) In the case of administration of insulin or emergency administration of glucagon to a student with diabetes, blood glucose monitoring of a student, or auto-injectable epinephrine to a student with anaphylaxis, written certification from the student's physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant stating that the student has medical orders that insulin, glucagon, blood glucose monitoring, or auto-injectable epinephrine may be administered by a volunteer.
(c) The department shall inform the student's parent or guardian in writing that the department and its employees or agents shall not incur any liability as a result of any injury arising from compliance with this section.
(d) The student's parent or guardian shall sign a statement acknowledging that:
(1) The department and its employees or agents shall not incur any liability as a result of any injury arising from compliance with this section; and
(2) The parent or guardian shall indemnify and hold harmless the department and its employees or agents against any claims arising out of compliance with this section.
(e) The permission shall be effective for the school year for which it is granted and shall be renewed for each subsequent school year upon the fulfillment of the requirements in this section.
(f) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a student who is permitted to self-administer medication under this section shall be permitted to carry an inhaler or auto‑injectable epinephrine, or both, at all times if the student does not endanger the student's person or other persons through the misuse of the inhaler; provided that the department, its employees or agents may confiscate a student's medication, inhaler, or auto-injectable epinephrine if the student's self‑administration of the medication exceeds the student's prescribed dosage, or if the student endangers others with the student's medication, inhaler, or auto-injectable epinephrine.
For the purposes of this section, the term "inhaler" includes:
(1) Metered-dose, breath-actuated, and dry powder inhalers; and
(2) Spacers and holding chambers.
(g) Any employee or agent who volunteers to administer insulin or glucagon in an emergency situation to a student with diabetes or auto-injectable epinephrine to a student with anaphylaxis or who volunteers to administer or assist a student with blood glucose monitoring shall receive instruction in the proper administration of insulin, glucagon, auto-injectable epinephrine, or blood glucose monitoring by a qualified health care professional. A "qualified health care professional" means a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse or registered nurse, or certified diabetes educator. The student's parent or guardian shall supply the school with the glucagon kit required to administer the glucagon, any supplies necessary to administer insulin, blood glucose monitoring, or with auto-injectable epinephrine supplies to administer epinephrine. The school shall store the glucagon kit, insulin supplies, blood glucose monitoring supplies, or auto-injectable epinephrine supplies in a secure but accessible location.
(h) Any person, except for a qualified health care professional providing the training required in subsection (g), who acts in accordance with the requirements of this section shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability arising from these acts, except where the person's conduct would constitute gross negligence, wilful and wanton misconduct, or intentional misconduct. [L 2004, c 19, §1; am L 2005, c 207, §1; am L 2009, c 151, §10; am L 2015, c 214, §1; am L 2016, c 10, §1]