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New Jersey Statutes - Title 18A Education - 18A:40-12.3 Self-administration of medication by pupil permitted.

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18A:40-12.3. Self-administration of medication by pupil permitted.
     1. a. A board of education or the governing board or chief school administrator of a nonpublic school shall permit the self-administration of medication by a pupil for asthma or other potentially life-threatening illnesses or a life-threatening allergic reaction provided that:

     (1)     the parents or guardians of the pupil provide to the board of education or the governing board or chief school administrator of a nonpublic school written authorization for the self-administration of medication;

     (2)     the parents or guardians of the pupil provide to the board of education or the governing board or chief school administrator of a nonpublic school written certification from the physician of the pupil that the pupil has asthma or another potentially life-threatening illness or is subject to a life-threatening allergic reaction and is capable of, and has been instructed in, the proper method of self-administration of medication;

     (3)     the board of education or the governing board or chief school administrator of a nonpublic school informs the parents or guardians of the pupil in writing that the district and its employees or agents or the nonpublic school and its employees or agents shall incur no liability as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the pupil;

     (4)     the parents or guardians of the pupil sign a statement acknowledging that the district or the nonpublic school shall incur no liability as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the pupil and that the parents or guardians shall indemnify and hold harmless the district and its employees or agents or the nonpublic school and its employees or agents against any claims arising out of the self-administration of medication by the pupil; and

     (5)     the permission is effective for the school year for which it is granted and is renewed for each subsequent school year upon fulfillment of the requirements in paragraphs (1) through (4) of this subsection.

     b.     Notwithstanding any other law or regulation to the contrary, a pupil who is permitted to self-administer medication under the provisions of this section shall be permitted to carry an inhaler or prescribed medication for allergic reactions, including a pre-filled auto-injector mechanism, at all times, provided that the pupil does not endanger himself or other persons through misuse.

     c.     Any person who acts in good faith in accordance with the requirements of this act shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability arising from actions performed pursuant to this act.

     L.1993,c.308,s.1; amended 1997, c.21; 2001, c.61, s.1; 2007, c.57, s.1.

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