Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–651.02. Possession and self-administration of medication.

(a) A student may possess and self-administer medication at the school in which the student is currently enrolled, at school-sponsored activities, and while on school-sponsored transportation, in order to treat asthma, anaphylaxis, or other illness; provided, that:

(1) The responsible person has submitted a valid medication action plan to the school; and

(2) All other conditions set forth in this subchapter are met.

(b)(1) A student may possess and self-administer sunscreen at the school in which the student is currently enrolled, at school-sponsored activities, and while on school-sponsored transportation to protect against ultraviolet radiation and sunburn without the submission of a medication action plan; provided, that the responsible person has not provided written notice to the school principal or school nurse that the student may not possess or self-administer sunscreen.

(2) School staff may administer sunscreen to a student at the school in which the student is currently enrolled, at school-sponsored activities, and while on school-sponsored transportation to protect against ultraviolet radiation and sunburn without the school possessing a medication action plan for that student; provided, that the student or responsible person has provided sunscreen for that purpose and the responsible person has not provided written notice to the school principal or school nurse that the student may not use sunscreen.


(Feb. 2, 2008, D.C. Law 17-107, § 3, 54 DCR 12230; Apr. 16, 2020, D.C. Law 23-81, § 3(b), 67 DCR 2498.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of School Sunscreen Safety Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-124, Oct. 7, 2019, 66 DCR 13156).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3 of Student Access to Treatment Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-82, July 26, 2007, 54 DCR 7999).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3 of Student Access to Treatment Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-140, October 17, 2007, 54 DCR 10736).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of School Sunscreen Safety Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-34, Dec. 24, 2019, 66 DCR 14300).

Section 3 of Law 17-52 added a section to read as follows:

“Sec. 3. Possession and self-administration of medication.

“A student may possess and self-administer medication at the school in which the student is currently enrolled, at school-sponsored activities, and while on school-sponsored transportation, to treat asthma, anaphylaxis, or other potentially life-threatening illness; provided, that:

“(1) The responsible person has submitted a valid medication action plan to the school; and

“(2) All other conditions set forth in this act, or in rules promulgated pursuant to this act, are met.”

Section 11(b) of D.C. Law 17-52 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.