BP 6164.3 Student Mental Health - Medication and Services

KPBSD Policy Manual

BP 6164.3


 The District shall work closely with parents in serving students with behavioral or mental health needs.  The Superintendent shall oversee the delivery of appropriate educational services in line with this policy and applicable laws.

Psychotropic Medication

Unless authorized, school personnel may not recommend to a parent or guardian that a student take, or continue to take, psychotropic medication designed to affect emotions, mood, or behavior.  Employees possessing a special services type C certificate may make recommendations regarding whether such medication may assist the child in school, but only if such recommendations are consistent with the individual’s training and job duties. 

A determination as to whether or not psychotropic medication is beneficial for a student should be made by parents and the student’s medical provider.  With limited exceptions, absent parental consent, students may not be required to take psychotropic medication as a condition of attending school.  However, such medication may be required if, in the opinion of the student’s medical provider, the medication is necessary for the student’s mental health or the student poses a risk of harm to the student or others without the medication.

Students and their parents/guardians will be afforded due process rights to which they are entitled by law, board policy or administrative regulations.

(cf. 5030 - School Discipline and Safety)
(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)
(cf. 5144.1 – Suspension and Expulsion)

Psychological or Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment

Unless authorized, school personnel may not recommend to parents that their student receive psychiatric or psychological evaluation or treatment.  School personnel, who possess a special services type C certificate, or other behavioral or mental health professionals working in the schools, may make recommendations regarding evaluation and treatment, so long as such recommendations are consistent with the individual’s training and job duties.

(cf. 6164.2 – Guidance and Counseling Services)

Nothing in this policy is intended to prevent referrals and evaluations of students for special education and related services.

(cf. 6164.4 – Child Find)
(cf.6172 – Special Education)

The limitations on evaluation and treatment are not applicable to reasonable readmission criteria for students who have been suspended or expelled.  In the interest of safety and security, the District may impose requirements for evaluation and/or treatment as a condition of readmission.  

(cf. 5144 – Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 – Suspension and Expulsion)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion (Individuals with Exceptional Needs)

Classroom Observations

School personnel may consult with parents and share classroom and school-based observations regarding a student’s behavior and academic and functional performance.  Such consultations can include discussion regarding referral for special education evaluation.  In consulting with parents, school personnel must be cautious not to engage in prohibited discussions as set forth above. 

(cf. 5141 Health Care and Emergencies)      

Compliance with Policy and Law

This policy is based on required school laws of the State of Alaska.  Violations of this policy may subject school personnel to disciplinary action.

(cf. 4118 – Suspension/Disciplinary Action)
(cf. 4218 – Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

Legal Reference:

 14.30.045 Grounds for suspension or denial of admission
 14.30.047 Admission or readmission when cause no longer exists
 14.33.110-.140 Required school disciplinary and safety program
 14.30.171 Prohibited actions
 14.30.172 Communications not prohibited
 14.30.174 Compliance with federal education laws
 14.30.176 List of community resources

 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400-1487, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
 20 U.S.C. §§7101-7143 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994



Adoption Date: 6/2/2008