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5.621 Psychotropic Medication

5.621 Psychotropic Medication

Chapter 5.00: Students

5.621

PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION

POLICY

I. Psychotropic medication is a prescription medication used for the treatment of mental disorders and includes, without limitation, antihypnotics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiety agents, sedatives, psychomotor stimulants, and mood stabilizers.

II. The School Board of Okeechobee County shall not deny a student access to programs or services because the parent, as defined by Florida Statutes, has refused to place the student on psychotropic medication.

III. A teacher, administrator, or other District employee shall not require that a student take psychotropic medication; nor shall any district employee compel or attempt to compel a parent to administer psychotropic medication to his/her child.

IV. A teacher, administrator, or other District employee may discuss school based observations of a student’s academic, functional, and behavioral performance with the student’s parent. The employee may offer options for programs and services that are available to the parent and student; however, the parent shall be responsible for selecting programs and services, if any for the student.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.

LAWS IMPLEMENTED: 1000.21, 1001.43, 1006.0625, F.S.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULES:

HISTORY: Adopted: 06/12/2007

Revision Date(s):

Formerly: New

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