Regulations Manual

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Some of the regulations may not be in effect as written given current guidance and/or emergency rules from the state legislature, OSPI, the State Board of Education and other governing bodies. Please see our Returning to School 2021-22 FAQ page for more information on practices that may be altered at this time.

Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised.

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Medication at School - 3416

Code: 3416

Adopted: 9/24/1986

Last Revised Date: 8/1/2019

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Under normal circumstances, all student medications, including both prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medication should be dispensed before and/or after school hours under supervision of the parent or guardian.

The District may provide for the administration of oral medication, topical medication, eye drops, ear drops, or nasal spray to students who are in the custody of the District at the time of administration in accordance with District Procedure 3416P.

The use of medications for the treatment of asthma and anaphylaxis also is addressed in District Regulation 3419 and Procedure 3419P (Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medication) and District Regulation 3420 and Procedure 3420P (Anaphylaxis Prevention).

The superintendent shall establish procedures for:

A. Delegating, training, and supervising designated school personnel in proper medication procedures;

B. Designating staff members who may administer oral medications, topical medications, eye drops, ear drops, or nasal spray to students;

C. Obtaining signed and dated parent/guardian requests and instructions for the administration of medications;

D. Obtaining requests from licensed health professionals prescribing within the scope of their prescriptive authority and instructions regarding students who require medication for more than fifteen (15) consecutive school days;

E. Storing and safekeeping medications, with special attention given to the safeguarding of legend drugs as defined in chapter 69.41 RCW;

F. Maintaining a record of the administration of medication;

G. Permitting, under limited circumstances, students to carry and self-administer medications necessary to their attendance at school; and

H. Permitting possession and self-administration of over-the-counter topical sunscreen products.

If the District decides to discontinue administering a student’s medication, the superintendent or designee must provide actual notice to the student’s parent/guardian orally or in writing prior to the discontinuance.

Medical Marijuana

Washington State law permits the use of medical marijuana and authorizes parents/guardians to administer marijuana-infused products to their students for medical purposes on school grounds, on a school bus, or while attending a school-sponsored event, if certain requirements are met. Federal law (21 U.S.C. § 811), however, prohibits the possession and use of marijuana on the premises of educational institutions that receive federal funds. District personnel will therefore not administer medical marijuana. 

The administration of medical marijuana by parents/guardians is governed by District Regulation 3423. Any use of marijuana on school grounds, on school buses, or at any District activities is prohibited, except as provided in Regulation 3423.

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Legal References:

  • RCW 28A.210.260 Public and Private Schools —Administration of Medication — Conditions
  • RCW 28A.210.270 Public and Private Schools —Administration of Medication — Immunity from Liability—Discontinuance, Procedure
  • RCW 28A.210.275 Administration of medications by employees not licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW—Requirements—Immunity from liability
  • RCW 28A.210.278 Topical sunscreen products—Sun safety guidelines
  • Laws of 2019, Ch. 314 Opioid Use Disorder
  • Laws of 2019, Ch. 204 Medical Marijuana – Administration to Students

Management Resources:

  • Policy News, July 2019 Medical Marijuana
  • Policy News, August 2012 “Medication” Definition Expanded
  • Policy News, February 2001 Oral Medication Definition Expanded