MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
Our school policy states that it is preferred that, when possible, medications be given before or after school. However, we understand there are times when this is unavoidable and our students must take or have medication available at school.
Each of our schools has a school nurse and their role is to administer medications, not prescribe them. Parents are responsible for bringing medications to the school nurse and in all cases must have the appropriate paperwork completed. No medication will be accepted or administered without the proper forms completed. Below is a checklist for you to follow:
- School needs completed Provide/Parent Authorization form, signed by physician and parent.
- Medication must be in original pharmacy container with prescription label.
- Medication should be delivered by adult, not student, to the school nurse.
- Each refill must be in a new bottle with a new label.
- Any changes in doses or medication schedule require new doctor’s order.
- Any discontinued medications require doctor’s order.
- School needs completed Provided/Parent Authorization form.
- Physician’s signature is not required unless the dosage is different from the directions on the label.
- Medication must be in the original, unopened container- the smallest size available would be appreciated.
- Homeopathic medications require a doctor’s signature.
- The nurses do not keep over-the-counter medications in the health room for general student use.
Self-Administered Medications for Chronic Illnesses (Inhalers, Epipens …):
- Unless arrangements have been made with the nurse, students should not keep medication on their person and never share their medication, to do so may result in disciplinary action.
- School needs completed Prescriber/Parent Authorization form with self-administered sections filled out by physician and parent.
- Medication must have prescription label.
- Student should demonstrate proper delivery technique and understand emergency plan with the school nurse in order to keep the medication on their person.
- Duplicate medication should be kept with the nurse in the health room.
- All medication should have a current expiration date.
- Whenever possible medications should be given at home.
- Students caught in possession of controlled substances, such as medication for ADHD or emotional problems, will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and be subject to disciplinary action.