NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE USE OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS BY CHILDREN POLICY
The Board of Trustees prohibits all school personnel from recommending the use of psychotropic drugs for any student enrolled at The Norwich Free Academy. For purposes of this policy, the term “recommend” shall mean to directly or indirectly suggest that a child use psychotropic drugs. Psychotropic drugs are defined as prescription medications for behavioral or social-emotional concerns, such as attention deficits, impulsivity, anxiety, depression and thought disorders and includes, but is not limited to stimulant medications and anti-depressants.
However, members of the school medical staff, including school nurses and school’s medical advisor, school health/mental health personnel, school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, or the Director of Student Services may recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner. Further, upon consent of the student’s parents or guardian, school personnel may consult with the medical practitioner regarding such use.
The Student Study Team, Planning and Placement Team, or any other multidisciplinary school team designed for the purpose of assessing and/or providing assistance to students may suggest that a student and/or parent/guardian consult with a medical practitioner provided other educational interventions, if necessary, have been initiated. The suggestion by school personnel that a student and/or parent/guardian consult with a medical practitioner should, in no way, be considered a recommendation for use of psychotropic drugs for any student enrolled at The Norwich Free Academy. Further, upon consent of the student’s parents or guardian, school personnel may consult with the medical practitioner regarding such use. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to prohibit a Planning and Placement Team from discussing with parents and/or guardians of a child the appropriateness of consultation with, or evaluation by, medical practitioners with the consent of the parents/guardians of the child.
The Board recognizes that the refusal of a parent or other person having control of a child to administer or consent to the administration of any psychotropic drug to the child shall not, in and of itself, constitute grounds for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to take such child into custody or for any court of competent jurisdiction to order that such child be taken into custody by the department, unless such refusal causes such child to be neglected or abused, as defined in Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120.
The Superintendent/Head of School or designee shall promulgate this policy to school staff and parents/guardians annually and upon the registration of new students.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statute 10-212b. Policies prohibiting the recommendation of psychotropic drugs by school personnel
See Also: Policy For Suspected Abuse and Neglect of Students 5141.4
Policy Adopted: September 25, 2001
Policy Revised: January 20, 2004 & April 21, 2009