Maine - Chronic Conditions—asthma plan: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses asthma plan.

Maine Revised Statues 20-A 254 Educational duties

B. Any public or approved private school shall have a written local policy and procedure for administering medication. The written local policy must include the requirement that all unlicensed personnel who administer medication receive training before receiving authorization to do so. Compliance with the provisions of this subsection is a requirement for basic school approval pursuant to sections 2902 and 4502.

C. A public school or a private school approved pursuant to section 2902 must have a written local policy authorizing students to possess and self-administer emergency medication from an asthma inhaler or an epinephrine pen. The written local policy must include the following requirements.

  • (1) A student who self-administers an asthma inhaler or an epinephrine pen must have the prior written approval of the student's primary health care provider and, if the student is a minor, the prior written approval of the student's parent or guardian.

  • (2) The student's parent or guardian must submit written verification to the school from the student's primary health care provider confirming that the student has the knowledge and the skills to safely possess and use an asthma inhaler or an epinephrine pen in school.

  • (3) The school nurse shall evaluate the student's technique to ensure proper and effective use of an asthm ainhaler or an epinephrine pen in school.


Code of Maine Rules 05-071-040 Administering Medications in a School Setting

v. Students may possess and self-administer emergency medication of an inhaled asthma medication or an epinephrine auto-injector under the following conditions:

    1. Written approval is received from the student's health care provider stating that the student has the knowledge and skills to safely possess and use an inhaled asthma medication or an epinephrine auto-injector. The Maine School Asthma Plan is preferred for students who have been prescribed an asthma inhaler.
    1. Written approval is received from the parent indicating that his/her child may carry and self-administer the medication.
    1. The student demonstrates to the school nurse their ability to properly and responsibly carry and use the inhaled asthma medication or epinephrine auto-injector.
      Department of Education
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