WEIGHS DRUG POLICY; LAW LIMITS ROLE OF SCHOOL STAFF
THE HARTFORD COURANT, October 12,
By: OSHRAT CARMIEL; Courant Staff Writer
The board of education is considering a new
policy that would bar school officials from recommending drugs such as
Ritalin and Prozac for students, a policy the state legislature is requiring
all school districts to implement.
The proposed policy in Newington, which
board members first saw Wednesday night, explicitly prohibits all school
personnel from recommending the use of psychotropic drugs for any student.
The policy does allow the school medical
staff to recommend that a medical practitioner evaluate a student -- but the
staff may not specifically recommend a drug. Staff members may also consult
with a medical practitioner about whether the student should be using
Under state law, the policy must be
implemented in all school districts this month, said Pat Krin, head nurse at
The state law was sponsored by Rep. Lenny T.
Winkler, R-Groton, who said she introduced the bill after hearing too many
stories about parents feeling pressured by school officials to treat their
children's problems with psychotropic drugs. Winkler said earlier this year
that she does not believe school officials are qualified to make
recommendations about such drugs to parents. But since teachers are held in
high esteem, Winkler said, parents would listen to their medical
The school board is scheduled to vote on the
policy Oct. 24.