TUSD District Policy for Administering Medication
The purpose of allowing medication to be taken by pupils at school is to help provide for their general welfare by following instructions of their physicians. It shall be the school’s responsibility to provide reasonable and prudent supervision while the pupil takes the medication. It shall be the pupil’s (parent’s) responsibility to take the prescribed medication in accordance with their doctor’s instructions. Read the complete TUSD Policy for administering medication here.
Anaphylaxis Treatment Annual Notification to Parents
California Education Code 49414 authorizes school districts to provide epinephrine auto-injectors (epi-pens) trained personnel to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering from an anaphylactic reaction.
Anaphylaxis is a rapid, severe allergic response triggered by insect stings, foods, medications, latex materials, exercise, or, in rare cases, by unknown causes. This is a life-threatening allergic condition requiring immediate treatment. Administering an epinephrine to students during a medical emergency may help to ensure the student's health and safety at school. Therefore, Torrance Unified School District has adopted a policy for standing orders to provide life-saving epinephrine to students who are in need of such treatment effective January 1, 2015.
This policy states that a credentialed, licensed school nurse (District Nurse), licensed nurse (LVN), or trained, unlicensed school staff under direct supervision of the credentialed school nurse may administer epinephrine in the form of an epi-pen during a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. The epi-pen rapidly delivers a pre-measured, sterile, single dose of epinephrine by direct injection through the skin.