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Officials at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. are considering updating the district medication policy to include a section on “low THC hemp extract.”

Superintendent Jim Roberts presented the first reading of Council 5330’s updated policy to school board members on June 13. The addition details the rules and regulations regarding the use of low-THC hemp extract as a prescribed medication for a student.

The proposed addition states that under Indiana law, low-THC hemp extract is defined as “a product that is (1) derived from Cannabis sativa L. that meets the definition of industrial hemp; (2) that contains no more than 0.3% delta-9-THC (including precursors); and (3) that does not contain any other controlled substances.

The policy update was just discussed at the June 13 school board meeting and the school board has yet to vote on the change. The next board meeting is scheduled for July 18.

“As we enter the school year, we’ve had to work on a variety of things,” Roberts said. “And as things change and laws change and so on, we have to be prepared for those changes.”

This particular change adds code wording Indiana 24-4-21, which outlines state regulations for distributing low-THC hemp extract.

According to the proposed update, certain conditions would have to be met before school personnel could administer a prescribed drug or treatment to a student using low-THC hemp extract. These include written permission from a parent/guardian; that the product must be kept in its original container, unopened and labeled with the student’s name; a prescription from a health care provider; and that the product meets federal and/or state standards.

Schools will not be permitted to administer a dosage different from the student’s prescription.

“We needed to have policies, guidelines and to make sure that if this low THC hemp extract or extract product is brought into the school on a doctor’s prescription, then we have a process to administer it,” Roberts said. “It’s not something the student can just hold on to and do. We don’t really have medications that are made, self-administered, necessarily. So it ends up in the nurse’s office, the nurse is the one doing all the administration of it.

The proposed section does not include any information about self-administering low-THC hemp extract. However, current board policy states that a student is only permitted to possess and self-administer medication if they have a chronic illness or medical condition and have provided permission from a parent and a doctor. The physician’s statement must include information about the condition or illness, verification that the student has been instructed on self-administration, and verification that the illness or condition requires emergency administration of the medication.

In a broader sense, board policy states that the administration of prescribed medication or treatment to a student is only permitted during school hours if “failure to do so would jeopardize the student’s health. , the student could not attend school if the medication or treatment were not available during school hours, or the child has a disability and requires medication to benefit from his educational program.