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TO:                             Superintendents of Schools, Principals and School Nurses


FROM:                       Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:                        September 13, 2004


RE:                             Rulemaking for Medication Administration in a School Setting


The Department of Education is proposing rules that will provide guidance in the administration of medication to students during the student’s attendance in school programs to public schools and private schools approved for attendance purposes pursuant to 20-A MRSA § 2902.  State statute 20-A MRSA § 254 (5) requires the Department to adopt rules in the administration of medication.  The proposed rules will assist school administrative units in developing a medication administration policy that includes both the requirement that unlicensed school personnel be trained in medication administration prior to assuming this task, and the requirement that students be allowed to carry and self-administer prescribed emergency medications, specifically asthma inhalers or epinephrine auto injectors. 


A public hearing is scheduled for October 6, 2004, 10:00 AM to noon in room 103A of the Burton Cross Building, Augusta.  The deadline for written comments is October 18, 2004, 5:00 PM.  Written comments may be sent to:


DeEtte Hall

Maine Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333


The proposed rules, which are major substantive rules, can be found at .   Questions regarding the proposed rule can be addressed to DeEtte Hall at 624-6688 or e-mailed to .