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5141.5 Use of Potassium Iodide

Adoption Date: 02/27/2003
5000 - Students

5141.5 Use of Potassium Iodide

The Lakeland Central School District recognizes that the dispensing of Potassium Iodide (KI) in the event of a nuclear emergency may protect the thyroid gland from the effects of exposure to radioactive iodine. Therefore, as part of the School District’s Safety Plan to be put into effect in the event of a nuclear or radiologic emergency, as identified and communicated to the Lakeland Central School District by the New York State Department of Health and/or the Westchester County Department of Health, the School District will administer Potassium Iodide (KI) pills to children whose parents/guardians have consented, in writing, to the administration of Potassium Iodide.

The School District will notify parents, in writing, of their ability to opt-in for the administration of Potassium Iodide to their child(ren) in the event of any such emergency. This consent shall remain in full force and effect for as long as the child(ren) continue to attend the Lakeland Central School District. A parent/guardian may revoke this permission at any time by notifying the School District, in writing, of their choice to opt-out of such program. The Building Principal or designee will be responsible for maintaining a record of all children and their status with regard to such program and for implementing the provisions of this policy.

The School District, in consultation with the District’s Chief Medical Officer shall develop guidelines for the administration of Potassium Iodide to students in the event of emergency circumstances.